One of the biggest ones is that women believe they are superior and they dislike men. Feminism is against gender stereotypes, so the hatred of men would be going against their mission. Feminists, however, do realize that men have a certain privilege. A privilege that, when used well, can help those who are most harmed in society. The movement is not saying that women or other oppressed groups are better, just that they should be as good as men.
Women struggled to fit into a ‘world of the male’ which was centrally domination, power and sexism. A vision of liberation for women was one which captured the public imagination as representing women as wanting what men had. For women to represent themselves as an activist feminist it was important for them to confront their own sexism towards other women and to be completely accepting of each other and this could help push towards the direction of feminist movement could shift to a focus on equality in the work force and confronting male domination and this is how gramscis defines hegemony as a process of domination. Whereby one set of ideas subverts or co-opts another (Gramsci, 1971) and this is what was happening in society, the male population exerts leadership over the female
In the present state of society, women are seen as inferior to men and held in a state of ignorance. The worst effect of this relationship is that women are not educated and allowed to think for themselves. Without the ability to reason, women cannot achieve virtue or morality and society as a whole suffers. If women were allowed to reason and think independently, both women and men would share the benefits. With this argument, Wollstonecraft makes a very strong case in favor of women's rights.
"Feminist scholars also seek to question and transform androcentric [sic] systems of thought which position the male as the norm," says Barbara McManus. They strive to find, examine, and eliminate biases in a world encumbered with intolerant men who see women as thoughtless objects and most certainly not equals. Other women announce their impressive intellect, economic well-being, and individual personalities to the people who oppose them. "A woman should always present herself and explain her forthcoming jaunts into Feminists, like Edna, howe... ... middle of paper ... ...Barbara F. "Characteristics of a Feminist Approach." December 8, 2001. http://www.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/femcharacteristics.html.
As a conclusion, understanding patriarchy as a system of socio-politic arena encourages women to fight against it. Beginning by the examination of women standing in society, patriarchal thinking will not continue the hegemony of man to women. Because its effects on women which are primarily being second class and exposing sexual abuse or violence, will orient women to deny being subordinated under it. Patriarchal community which created gender class, using the sexual objectification of women will be defeated by the subject of women. That’s why women should deny being subordinated under patriarchy by allying in the politic, social and economic activities.
Society defines gender roles where men are at the same disadvantage as women. Our society contemplates that gender roles affect how men and women are treated on a daily basis. Women are primarily the ones who are concerned about this and fear that men are treated as the better fragment but are they really? They are fighting to equate females to the same status as men, which are known to be called Feminist. These Feminists believe in the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
When contemplating whether to include men in feminism we must remember the main reason for feminism, which Roxane Gay reminds us when she says, “So much responsibility keeps getting piled on the shoulders of a movement whose primary purpose is to achieve equality, in all realms, between men and woman” (173). So why not let men join the movement? Woman must move past this idea that men are to blame
This is from either liberal, socialist or even radical feminists. However the radical feminists have been the major group trying to change woman’s fortunes. They believe that the media is patriarchal (perpetuates male power and privilege). They also believe that serious change has to be made in society and mainly the media on the roles of woman in society and believe it is unfair for an image to be created about them, this image being chosen by men who try to reflect what all woman should correspond with. The male gaze is one concept which opposes the idea of radical feminist thinkers.
Basically, the integration of reason, virtue, and knowledge was rejected for women. It is said that, “a woman is made to please and be dominated” by man (pg.369). I agree with the fact that women were created to submit to man, but I disagree with domination. Dominating, is to deny the rights of a person to speak or to even act. The woman plays a role as a help and right hand to the man, but the man has no right to constrain with the woman’s happiness.
We come across experiences where women are not only treated like less than but are also subject to discriminations, humiliations, exploitations, oppressions, control and violence. Patriarchy literally means rule of the father in a male-dominated family. It is a social and ideological construct which considers men superior to women. Patriarchy is based on a system of power relations which are unequal where men control women’s production, reproduction and sexuality. It imposes masculinity and femininity character stereotypes in society which strengthen the bas power relations between men and women.