Jessica Valenti also supports the idea of people misunderstanding feminist movement “For some reason, feminism is seen as super anti: anti-men, anti-sex, anti-sexism, anti-everything” (2). She argues that feminism does not attempt to go against something or someone, but to make people feel better of who they are and what they can do in life. Feminism is about making people be proud of who they are and “to see through the bullshit that would make [them] think there’s something wrong with [them]” just because someone said so. Thus, both writers’ definitions of feminism exclude the common incorrect belief that feminism is directed against men. However, while bell hooks sees feminism as one of the ways “to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression” (13), Jessica Valenti claims that feminism helps women to fight stereotypes they face and feel more confident in spite of the
“Feminists are unhappy women, who can’t find husbands.” A journalist said to Adichie. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at one point didn’t even know what it meant and now goes around the world giving a TEDxTalk called “We Should All Be Feminists.” Feminists are stereotyped to be all about women, and anti-men. The world is filled with assorts of people that stereotyping is the way go to, especially if you’re not interested in the topic. Adichie persuades the audience by showing feminism is not anti-men, that women can be just as equal to men and women become who they are because of how they were raised to be. Adichie presenting the speech was to inform the non-feminists that feminism is not all about anti-men.
The legislation passed by the United Nations in 1979, aimed at paving a safe, new life for women around the world. Unfortunately, the laws requiring the removal of all restrictions formed off the basis of a human being’s sex were not replaced with equality between men and women. Women did not see the economic, social, and cultural freedoms they desired. In situations where women do not get the freedoms that men do, misogyny exist. Misogyny, the hatred and violence against women, is a concept that seems only able to exist in fiction, yet women everywhere know that misogyny is very real.
(Nance) she speaks of how we still can not forget about cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. But then she contradicts her statment by saying that it's a red herring, which means detracting from the actual issue. She states that big abortion businesses' want any abortion for any reason at taxpayer's expense without helping the poor woman or girl to attend to her real issues that landed her at the abortion clinic. She uses all of the consequences to discourage the reader against abortion. Nance says that it scars women physically, emotionally, and mentally forever and killing an unborn baby.
Feminists are being distinguished by different constructs. They are identifying themselves self-identified feminists, non-labelers, and non-feminists. Non-labelers reject the feminist label, feminist endorse the attitudes associated with feminism, and non-feminists don’t see feminism as important. Women are labeled as angry and look to shame men because they were dissatisfied when it’s just women taking a different approach to resisting male dominance and achieve solidarity with other women (Anderson). There are some feminist that “wrote pretty hardcore literature about the extermination of masculinity and male gender roles, and thus the assumption is that all woman who are feminists today hate men too” (Holly-Malett).
A lot of social workers, human right activists, and feminists are trying hard to ensure women right regarding sexual violence and rape. In addition, many laws have been passed to stop this. Sometimes, lack of security causes the women to confine into household, but that does not diminish the violence against women. Low social values towards women, man’s dominant mentality and lower social protest against rapist should be changed to stop rape. Rape is happening because of dominant mentality, and changing the mentality can stop rape.
The movement is not saying that women or other oppressed groups are better, just that they should be as good as men. Based off of women's economic standpoint, their higher risk of sexual abuse and domestic violence, and the denial of basic human rights in some places proves that women are not yet seen as equal to men. The newest feminist wave is actually promoting intersectional feminism, which is the theory that looks at all aspects of humanity impact discrimination. This term covers race, class, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation along with
Explaining the importance of examining women’s experience Greda Lerner says: Women have been left out of history not because of the evil conspiracies of men in general or male historians in particular, but because we have considered history only in male-centered terms. We have missed women and their... ... middle of paper ... ...eak over patriarchal norms and to equate woman with men. The oft-quoted Shakespearean adage-“Fraility, thy name is woman” is proved false in the case of Morag Gunn. She emerges as a successful, independent, maleless person unruffled by the threats of patriarchy. Works Cited Laurence, Margaret.
Goldberg even states, “Many second-wave feminist groups tore themselves apart by denouncing and ostracizing members who demonstrated too much ambition or presumed to act as leaders” (Goldberg 14). So even though these feminists are trying to advocate for women’s rights to be equal to that of men, they are not being allowed to compete with each other to better themselves. Goldberg may be telling us that this online movement is not supposed to have a leader, or a specific feminist that outshines the others. The women just end up bashing each other and ruining each other’s reputations. Courtney Martin is quoted in this article saying that, ‘”Some of it is the product of new technologies that create more shallow relationships, and some of it feels like this age-old conundrum within feminism”’ (Goldberg 14).
The hating of men is actually called misandry. Feminists don’t want women to rule over men; they want men and women to be on the same level. Many people think badly of feminism for this reason. As with any movement, there are radicals who call themselves feminists and portray it as a man-hating ideology. But the whole movement cannot be defined by only a small fraction of it’s members.