In contrast to the way white men have oppressed white women, women of the African descent have always been equal, and in some cases superior, to their male counterparts due to the fact both have been partners in the struggle against oppression. Men of the African Diaspora were not provided the same power to oppress women of color (Aldridge & Young, 2003). It with this in mind that the Black feminist emerges. Women have been divided over feminism, its definition and practice, since the first suffragettes demanded area in politics (Weinberger, 2012). Black Feminism is a more family-centered approach to equality for females.
The Black Woman's Burden As humans living in an organized society, we are inevitably defined and viewed through the ideals created by that organizing entity. Each culture has its own view of masculinity and femininity that may vary from another culture's. The degree of difference may not be very large but it is these cultural differences that often create conflicts and struggles among certain groups of people. A quintessential example of such a struggle can be seen when observing black women in America. The adversities that black women encounter in this country are caused by the societal ideals of femininity.
This is an important topic because it will help us understand both sides of the pro-feminist and the anti-feminist. It will also help us see how women were viewed in the past and how they are viewed today. Wicked In the story of Wicked the topic of gender plays a significant role in how the readers perceive things. This book not only challenges but also reinforces conventional views and ideas about gender. Galinda is a perfect example of reinforcing those conventional views.
Feminist theories are needed because they recognize that there are gender inequalities in society; however they seek to create a more balanced scale between the sexes. Some myths about feminism are that the theories are geared towards women and that they lack objectivity, but they provide us with abstract thoughts and analysis that will help to obtain gender equality. They provide evidence of the difference between male and female crime from various theoretical aspects. Some of those aspects include biological, sociological, and physiological factors. Each of these factors gives incite to the possible causes to gender inequality.
The motto of the many different types of feminism stem around the concept of gender equivalency and for feminists this has translated into seeking gender equality. (NORA 260). Some of the modern campaign... ... middle of paper ... ...ities or differences seems appropriate. Leaving out one of the methods would be incomplete. And there is more to discover.
I think that Africana women were oppressed more than white women. I believe that black women should be treated just as equally as white women. Africana women are fighting for civil rights and women’s rights. Africana women have been more concerned for the whole Africana community. Their main priority is “…race empowerment, with class and gender following…”(Weems, 80).
With tone, style, and diction, she was able to captivate her audience into becoming feminists whether male or females. Although, she stood for the upliftment of both males and females, her life experiences aided more toward female gender issues. Adichie points out that the full humanity of women is not part of the culture; therefore, it must be incorporated into the West African culture. “Feminist: a man or a woman who says, “Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today, and we must fix it, we must do better”
While Africana womanism claims to better meet the needs of Africana women than traditional feminism, there are a number of fundamental deficiencies in that theory as well. This paper will focus specifically on Black feminism in examining this failings. Hudson-Weems emphasizes the importance of a theory that examines the plight of Africana women that is created for and by Africana women. This is the only way to ensure that their particular needs would be addressed. This Afrocentric ideology is better equipped to empower the Africana woman and place her fight in her own hands.
By acknowledging that women’s characteristics are superior to some of men’s characteristics, then we as a society can hold responsibly to women being emulated of their values and characteristics. Cultural feminism focuses on the ideology of female nature or the core that is assigned by feminist to revalidate the female’s attributes that make females attributes undervalued (Alcoff 3). A goal of cultural feminist is to try to create and maintain healthy relationships and environments that are free of masculinity values (Alcoff 3). Alcoff says that people think being a woman is a bad thing. This is a result of the Feminist theory, as defined as by Webster Dictionary is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes and the organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests” A result of cultural feminism starting to rise, radical feminism started to decline because cultural feminism was moving from politic... ... middle of paper ... ... already were doing.
Feminism is important because it fights for social, political, and economic equality by giving strength to women and encouraging independence and acceptance. It is also important to be aware that true feminists do not hate men, typical feminine lifestyles, or people who want to follow traditional family structures. Everyone needs to know what feminism really means. So much hate is thrown at feminists because of misconceptions about what true feminism is working towards. Once society understands what feminism is truly about, only then can it work at it’s best to fight for equality for