A women’s role in society is problematic; women are still fighting for equal rights and fair treatment. It’s hard to escape this male dominated world because society helped construct this obscene idea that men are more important than women. In the article by Adrienne Rich, Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence, helps explain the idea that women are secondary to men, which then triggers male behavior towards women in a negative way. This leads to domestic violence, unequal pay and treatment in the workforce, and discrimination against women. For
Cross-racial hostility keeps minority races from interacting effectively with each other. Racism in general separates the white feminist community from everyone else. Internalized sexism tells us that we are just women, prone to bickering and infighting, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Heterosexism and lesbian bating (accusing a woman of being a lesbian if she is independent and freethinking) keep potential women’s studies students far away from our classrooms. Everyone is held back by the labels which separate us.
Many women get accused of being hysterical when trying to discuss issues relating to the unfairness (“Society” 2). Women live in a society where they are not “allowed” to do many things. The culture today silences the narrations and experiences of women and using the term that the worst thing a man could be would to be female (Lang 3). A lack of feminism prevents women from being able to speak out and feel free. They suffer from being silenced.
Many women live their lives in fear. One of the major problems with the feminist movement is that it perpetuates many stereotypes which are simply not true but based on the behaviors of a small minority of those in the feminist movement. When a woman identifies herself as a feminist it should mean that she is in favor of not being discriminated against because of her sexBut when a woman stands up for herself in the workplace or in society at large, there are a lot of generalizations that people unfairly characterize them with.. They are assumed to be difficult, unhappy and dislike all men. The stereotypical feminist is a bra burning, hairy, metrosexual lesbian, who believes men should only be used from breeding until we find a way to do it without them.
In this case women are stuck where in no matter how they act or how they dress, they end up put into a label they do not necessarily belong in. The main goal of feminism is to create equality for women and fight against the labels put on them. Though throughout time feminism itself has been given a negative label. In today 's society women do not want to be referred to as feminists from fear of being labeled as a bitter man hating woman. This is definitely amplified in media today.
However, that is not the case, sexuality is more fluid and lesbians, like the rest of us, are individuals. The lesbian community is diverse, and stereotypical misunderstandings, much like the ones that exist in the straight community about lesbians, exist among lesbians themselves. In order to fully understand the presented topic some terms need to be defined. Many people do not know the full definition of these terms because they are often misused. First, a butch is usually a lesbian that is masculine, but it can also be used to call either sex masculine.
Women, however, have a completely different set of standards that they are being held too. This makes it much more challenging for a woman to express her sexual desires and keep a respectable reputation. Research implies that women are put to shame when it comes to... ... middle of paper ... ...ion for women just looking for hook ups. Whether it is the amount of sexual partners or how sexual satisfaction is acquired, women should not be placed at a different set of moral standards than a man. Today’s society has wrongly given women a different set of moral standards and expectations toward sexual experiences in comparison to men.
While this may be ascribed to the daunting tasks of mothering and childcare, the women pointed to a more self-appropriated explanation as they echoed one another in their tendencies to "downplay the significance of their lesbianism in giving accounts of themselves [as mothers]" (110). Simultaneously, these women were rooting themselves more deeply in the heterosexual world and losing ties with the homosexual world. Many of the reports quote the lesbian mothers as feeling stronger ties to the world they share with straight women than with other lesbians. Many felt the lesbian community to be unfriendly to lesbian mothers. One woman was even asked to leave her all-lesbian rap group after her child was born, as her fellow group members believed she was no loner "attuned to lesbian issues" (124).
This is very demeaning for most women because they do not want to be or act this way, and they feel pressured to do so. One of the most common reasons that gender stereotypes happen amongst women is so that they can “fit in with society.” This means that people compare these women with others that are more “women-like” and expect them to act alike. When people do this, they are expecting the woman to change so that she can fit the expectation of society. But most times she will not, and will start to become an outcast. This is one of the stepping stones of stereotyping.
Stereotypes present incomplete, subjective and sometimes false image of the reality. They are often based on tradition and are resistant to change. Although they can both have positive and negative nuance. Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist” Gay examines her own identity as a feminist in the context of cultural expectation and categorization or as she likes to call it the “myth” of essential feminism. Gay mentions in her essay collection that feminism “doesn 't allow for the complexities of human experience or individuality” Which does feel true we all see feminism as angry females that hate men, the objectification of women, and what we all assume no shaving of the arms, legs, underarms, etc.