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Marxist Feminism

- Marxist Feminism The objective of my paper is to examine the connection between Capitalism and women’s both social and economical inequality. Marxist feminism explores this question by laying out an economic theory that shows a correlation between the emergence of capitalism, production and private property and the continued oppression of women. Other theorists argue that this oppression is due to an already existing patriarchal society. Is the exploitation of women in the home through an unfair division of labor a result of the beginnings of capitalism....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Feminism in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

- Feminism in The Bell Jar In Sylvia Plath's autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, the reader learns of the adventures of a young woman in a male-dominated society that will not let her achieve her true potential. Plath's alter ego, Esther, is thus driven to a nervous breakdown and attempts suicide numerous times. In many ways, this novel is a feminist text, centered around the struggles of a young woman who cannot reach her goals in our male-dominated society. People close to Esther, do not accept her talents as a poet and writer, but rather try to push her into traditionally more feminine roles....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Brazilian Feminism

- Brazilian Feminism For decades, women around the world have looked to each other for support and help in empowering the gender overall. In Brazil, for example, women have been making themselves heard and seen in the public arena since the early 1970’s. Brazilian feminism is a political action in which both theory and practice are incorporated. Moreover, it centers on women as agents effecting change in their conditions. They seek to create opportunities for women’s political participation, demand better conditions in women’s daily live and “address issues stemming from women’s socially defined reproduction roles.” In addition to the struggle to change existing laws and create new laws, th...   [tags: Papers]

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Fate And Feminism

- Fate And Feminism In both Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan, the reader is pushed to understand the nature of feminists in a new way. This purpose is carried out with the use of multiple feminist characters, a drastic change in a characters outlook on their situation, and the concept of making your own destiny. The protagonists in both of these literary works is female, and they are amazingly similar considering Shaw wrote Pygmalion eighty seven years before The Kitchen God's Wife was published in 1991....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Does Feminism Really Work?

- Does Feminism Really Work. Equality -- that's all we want. Women of the past fought long and hard for equal rights. Now that they have it, did they get more than what they bargained for. Feminism has fought for equality of the sexes for years, and has succeeded with incredible outcome. Women are now allowed to vote, hold public office and serve in the military. However, does the aftermath of feminism bode well for all women. The solution that was to be the salvation of sexual discrimination is now placing unnecessary burdens on women and men....   [tags: Papers]

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Feminism and Gibson's Neuromancer

- Today many women are stereotyped in their jobs and social roles as defined by society as a whole. William Gibson's Neuromancer where one woman is used for specific reasons. The female character, Molly, is used for sex and her body is used for other sexual performances. In this book we find numerous examples of how she is being used sexually and how she must act in her job to survive. The author uses horrific examples that are related to how some women are treated today. The feminist approach is used throughout this book because of how the character Molly is being treated....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminism And Its Meanings

- Feminism means different things to many people. Its meanings have been shaped by the historical context in which the word is used. For instance, the word feminism during the 19th century suffrage movement meant something totally different from what we associate with the word feminism and how we define it today. Because feminism is subject to people’s opinions, ideas, feelings, and scrutiny, there is more than one definition of the word. Feminism has been defined as a movement, a theory, and a collective response to a shared experience....   [tags: suffrage movement, coalition politics, ]

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African Feminism and Women Rights

- Though I am a feminist like every woman, I do not like it to be an obstacle in a relationship or marriage and I respect the difference in gender, my thoughts are quite blend-able with African society. I root for marriage and I would prefer to do anything to keep my bond with my partner alive but sadly, though many will agree with the bond part, but individuality is not the answer. Comparing feminism and woman rights as equal is similar to deduce that Jewish’s self –endurance is equal to Zionism....   [tags: marriage, spirituality, males, determination]

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A Brief Overview of Feminism

- A Brief Overview of Feminism Feminism can be roughly described as a movement that seeks to enhance the quality of women’s lives by impacting the norms and moves of a society based on male dominance and subsequent female subordination. Although feminist literary writings began to gain popularity in the 20th century, feminist characters have been around for ages. “Feminist criticism’s self transformations over the past several decades as it engages with both critiques from within and encounters from without- encounters with psychoanalysis, Marxism, Post-Structuralisms, ethnic studies, post-colonial theory, and lesbian and gay studies- have produced a complex proliferation of work no...   [tags: essays papers]

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What is Feminism

- Introduction This essay aims to critically evaluate feminist arguments against the present social system of science. It begins with defining feminism and different waves which happened in the history of feminism. It then moves on to introduce different approaches in feminism. The arguments will be critically evaluated and the essay will be finished by a conclusion. What is feminism. Feminism can be described as movements which aimed at defending and establishing and providing equal social, political and economical right for women as well as equal opportunities for them (Butler, 1993)....   [tags: Social Issues, Women's Right]

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- Feminism Feminism is the belief that women should have economic political and social equality with men. This term also refers to a political movement that works to gain equality within a male and female relationship. In a male and female relationship both the roles of the male and female should be equal. Equal in many ways ten one: they should trust each other, share responsibilities, listen to one another, respect each other, and of course love one another equally. This type of relationship is not found now a days because of the many traditions which imply that women are inferior to men....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Henrich Ibsen and Feminism

- On May 26th, 1898, Henrich Ibsen attended a banquet held by the Woman’s Rights League. At the banquet, a toast was made to him as having had worked for the woman’s right movement. The women had taken his works, most notably A Doll’s House, as being a feminist play. Ibsen, however, denounced the toast as not accurately describing his purpose. I thank you for the toast, but must disclaim the honor of having consciously worked for Woman’s Rights movement….. True enough, it is desirable to solve the woman problem….but my task has been the description of humanity....   [tags: A Doll's House, theme analysis]

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Intersectionality and Battle for Feminism

- What is feminism. Depending on who you ask, you will get different answers. Each one of these answers will differ depending on wheither or not they are male, female, liberal, conservative, black, or white. Some questions that need to be answered when trying to understand more about feminism are: does feminism differ when race overlapes with gender and what struggles do black women and other women of color have to overcome that white women do not. When you Google search words like feminism, black feminism, and internsectionality, a plethora of information is thrown out at you, some negative and some positive....   [tags: women,opportunities, stereotypes]

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Feminism Empowerment

- Feminism Empowerment The dictionary definition of feminism is stated: the movement for the political, social, and educational equality of women with men. Truth be told, feminism can mean a whole deal of things. It can mean women fighting for jobs that were mainly held by men with equal pay. It can mean women fighting for equal education in a so called male dominant world. Feminism can give lesbian women the chance to adopt and have children. These are just a few definitions of feminism....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Feminism in Frankenstein and Dracula

- Throughout the texts we have read in English thus far have been feminist issues. Such issues range from how the author published the book to direct, open statements concerning feminist matters. The different ways to present feminist issues is even directly spoken of in one of the essays we read and discussed. The less obvious of these feminist critiques is found buried within the texts, however, and must be read carefully to understand their full meaning- or to even see them. Mary Shelley's anonymous publishing of her very powerful Frankenstein is a fine example of feminism found in society....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Different Strands of Feminism: Comparing Equal Rights Feminism, and Socialist Feminism

- Different Strands of Feminism: Comparing Equal Rights Feminism, and Socialist Feminism With the developments going on in England during the 19th century, a new social class started to emerge, a middle class whose wealth came from land, trade, the professions, or industry. It was from this class that a great deal of the women working for the women's right movement emerged from in the 19th century, since they were the ones that experienced the deprivation of rights which men from this class had won....   [tags: Women's Studies]

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Feminism in Braided Lives

- Feminism in Braided Lives Marge Piercy is well known for her feminist views and attitudes throughout her novels. Braided Lives is no exception. The novel follows Piercy's pattern of feminist writing. The characters in the novel are victims of society's crimes towards women. The protagonist, Jill, deals with many issues including rape and abortion. Due to her own experiences with these issues, it becomes her passion to help others in the same situation. Jill constantly strives to be in control of her own life; this struggle is another facet of the feminist movement....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Social Constructionism and the Message of Feminism

- In this essay I will define social constructionism and how the theories of social construction altered feminism’s message during its second wave. The second wave of the feminist movement started during the 1950’s and is thought to have ended with the failure of the equal rights amendment. The amendment was only three votes shy of being ratified. Prior to this era the first wave of feminism seem to focus mainly on suffrage, a women right to vote and own property. During the second wave era, feminist incorporated the theories of social construction in their message....   [tags: Sociology Gender]

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Feminism: All for the Sake of Beauty and Love in Rabindrahath Tagore's Chitra

- Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitra is an enthralling love story that dwells on the concept of feminism, specifically during the olden days. Chitra, the main character of the play, was deprived of living a normal life as a woman and was forced to grow up as a man due to her father’s insistance. Although Chitra was born a woman, she was raised by her father to be a man because he wanted a son. He taught and imparted her with different skills a man should normally possess. That is why when she grew older, she was considered to be one of the best when it comes to riding, hunting and fighting, she was both feared and respected by the people of her kingdom....   [tags: freedom, feminism, celebacy]

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Feminism in William Gibson's Neuromancer

- Feminism in Neuromancer Neuromancer is an amazingly complex novel. Being one of the first of its kind, Gibson tells a chilling tale of a world where computers, and a thing called " the matrix," become more "real" than reality. The story, set in the not-so-distant future, has our hero, Henry Dorsett Case, embarking on an adventure that stretches the limits of the reader's imagination. But even though Case is our main character, there are others with as much or more power and influence. Women play a significant role in aiding Case throughout his mission....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminism, The Advocacy Of Women 's Rights On The Grounds Of The Sexes

- ... However, some of the issues associated with liberal feminism are that the economic grounds of the women are not questioned in relation to their political rights. A well-known example of a liberal feminist is Mary Wollstonecraft, who was of the opinion that for the most part, women will still be satisfied only taking part in domestic works and that only a small minority of women would actually become successful in professional careers. This indicates that from a liberal feminist point of view, it is up to the individual to seek out equality in a male dominated work place such as politics in order to gain some form of equality, otherwise they would just fall into a stereotypical domestic r...   [tags: Feminism, Gender, Feminist theory]

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Feminism Inc

- Thanks largely to the gains made by feminist movements throughout the 20th century, contemporary media images provide a new reimagining of femininity and feminism. This new interpretation of femininity offers a narrative where choice aspects of the previous feminine ideal, such as beauty, are retained while the negative characteristics of gender roles, such as weakness, are eschewed. In other words, this “girl power” discourse suggests that girls can be as powerful as men, but they can do it all while wearing a skirt....   [tags: Literature Review]

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Feminism And The Feminist Theory

- Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights with the support of men and women to obtain gender equality. It is where the feminist theory originates. Feminist theory explains the role of women in society throughout history and today, socially, economically, and politically. Those who advocate and support this movement are feminist. The goal is to gain equality for men and women, but the approach to obtain this is different. To understand this theory, I will break down the history and ideology of feminism, as it is the root to feminist theory....   [tags: Feminism, Gender, Women's rights, Women's suffrage]

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What is Feminism?

- What is Feminism. What is feminism. By general definition, feminism is a philosophy in which women and their contributions are valued. It is based on social, political and economical equality for women. Feminists can be anyone in the population, men, women, girl or boys. Feminism can also be described as a movement. A revolution that includes women and men who wish the world to be equal without boundaries. These boundaries or blockades are better known as discrimination and biases against gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status and economic status....   [tags: Carol Gilligan Feminism Gender Essays Papers]

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The History of Feminism

- ... The first wave is the most familiar and took place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The goal of the first wave was to open up opportunities for women with its primary focus on suffrage. In its early stages, feminism was interrelated with temperance and abolitionist movements while giving a voice to now-famous activists like Sojourner Truth. The discussions about voting and women’s participation in politics soon led to the examining about society’s views on men and women and their differences (Rampton)....   [tags: equal rights for women]

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- “Women have long been associated with nature.” In the following essay Judith Plant sets out the main principles (in regards to ecofeminism): the closeness of women to nature; the belief that the domination of women and the destruction of nature have the same root cause; patriarchy; and the need to re-establish for nature the organic metaphor over the machine metaphor. Judith Plant believes that women have long been associated with nature and that historically, women have had no real power in the outside world, no place in decision-making....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis : Us Third World Feminism : Differential Social Movement

- ... Each branch is limited in what Alcoff coins as essentialism and nominalism, respectively, in her analysis. “We cannot resolve this predicament by ignoring one half of it or by attempting to embrace it (Alcoff, 1988).” She concludes by proposing a new theory in order to restructure women and feminist identity alike in our social surroundings. US Third World Feminism: Differential Social Movement written by Chela Sandoval takes a different approach to her writing than Alcoff. Sandoval theory is influential within second wave feminism....   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Radical feminism]

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- Island of the Blue DolphinsFeminism The issue I have chosen to cover is feminism. There are many different opinions and thoughts on this issue. Despite all the grumblings about feminism, 66% of men still feel they hold a more powerful position in society. But, within relationships, they concede, it is women who resolve the day to day issues, while men settle the life changing disputes (“Are you a normal guy?” 19). In the beginning, there was the “first wave”, the feminists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who fought for women’s suffrage....   [tags: essays papers]

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Feminism And Women 's Rights On The Grounds Of Political, Social, And Economic Equality

- ... To actually make a difference everyone needs to realize that women are not the only ones being oppressed due to their sex. By stating this we can move on to improve both and all of the sexes to full equality. For example, a woman may get a job over a man because she is a woman and there is a quota to be filled. To many this looks to be a privilege of a woman but oppression of a male. I see it as oppression of both sexes, I do not want a job because I am a female, I want a job because I am more qualified than my opponents no matter what sex....   [tags: Gender, Feminism, Female, Male]

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Feminism And The Feminist Movement

- ... I understand many could relate their misunderstanding of the Feminist movements’ purpose to their background and family views, and everyone is influenced by the typically patriarchal mass media, yet feminism is for everybody and it is time to move past these roadblocks and gain support from all in the goal for equality. Since the Feminist movement began there has been conflict about what defines feminism and what groups of people feminism represents. During the second wave, Womanism developed because of a disappointment in feminism as it started to focus specifically on white, middle class woman....   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Gender, Patriarchy]

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Feminism is for Everybody

- Feminism is for Everybody The following paragraphs are an excerpt from a paper written about the political and social theories of bell hooks. These sections focus specifically on her newest book, Feminism is for Everybody. Throughout her works, hooks maintains a firm belief in the accessibility of the theory she seeks to situate within society. To that end, hooks’ latest work, Feminism is for Everybody, is an accessible book that outlines the basic tenants of a radical feminist theory. More inclusive than many of her other works, this book attempts to address an audience that is completely unfamiliar with feminist thought....   [tags: Free Essays Online]

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Understanding Feminism

- Some men as well as women think that part of the feminism’s definition is that women want to be men. That is so far from the truth. Having the same rights and equalities of men is not the same as wanting a penis. Feminism has a misconception of being a movement that is anti-male. An example of this thinking is a quote from Reverend Jerry Farwell “Feminists hate man. They’re sexist. They hate men - that’s the problem” (David, 1998). Some people object to the language change in feminism that is the change of a “police officer” from a “policeman”....   [tags: Women's Rights]

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Fickle Feminism

- Fickle Feminism "Why did the woman cross the road?" you tell me. In Judith Timson's article, "What's a Girl to do?" she argues what stereotypes women are accepting and doing away with. Written in 2001, Timson is speaking to females in general, focusing on girl's interpretation of the media's messages, understanding of the choices females have, and women's acceptanceof their image despite the media's stereotypical image. By raising questions and room for interpretation about these issues, Timson arguesthat society is counteracting with the positive and strong images that women have fought so hard for....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Difficulty with Defining Feminism

- The Difficulty with Defining Feminism In Feminist Theory: from margin to center, bell hook states on the first page what she believes to be the problem with feminism. In her opinion the biggest problem with feminism is that there is no real definition of what feminism is. The definition many people have formulated for feminism is having the goal of making woman socially equal to men. hook’s problem with this is the fact that all men are not socially equal. If women are to be the social equals to men then another question would be which men women will be socially equal to....   [tags: Definition Feminism Feminist Essays]

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The Faults Of Feminism And Feminism

- ... Many women fail to realize that ingrained in men is a desire to protect and lead. By taking over men’s roles, they leave men not knowing exactly what should be done. Men make mistakes in leadership, that is not being argued, but when men are displaced from the position God has placed them in, they fall into sin and confusion. Likewise, women are meant to be the assistant. This role seems to be secondary, but it is just as necessary as the role of leader. To assist is not merely to follow blindly, as many women assume, it is to be an encourager and companion....   [tags: Feminism, Gender role, Gender, Women's suffrage]

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Reactions to Hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody

- Reactions to Hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody I am not a feminist simply because I was raised in a feminist household. I am not a feminist because I am an independent, educated woman. I am not a feminist because I am a bitter female, nor because I am a “woman scorned.” I am not a feminist because I hate men, nor because I am a lesbian nor because I like to listen to the Indigo Girls. To the contrary I love men and I am not a lesbian. While I agree with hooks that “feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression” (viii), I believe that her definition of “feminism” states the goals of the movement rather than actually defining the term itself....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Feminism And Its Impact On Society

- ... men should be feminists, not simply because it’s right and fair but because feminism-in its simplest sense of treating people equally and not constraining them with artificial gender roles-benefits men too.” (Poniewozik 2). Matters like, paternity leave and selective service directly affect men and can be fixed through feminism. Rape culture is a present and serious issue. We as a people have normalized rape, we make rape jokes,objectify women and men’s bodies, blame the victims, and even have the audacity to ask what the victims were wearing when we hear someone was raped....   [tags: Gender, Sexism, Discrimination, Human rights]

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How The English Languages Defines Feminism

- ... Pat Robertson, a firm anti-Feminist made, claims in her journal stating “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” Word feminism began to evolve from this point. Words such as man hating patriarchy. Misogynist, femini-nazi thrived. The dictionary and connotative language of feminism is similar to when people speak about African Americans....   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Radical feminism]

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Feminism in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

- Feminism in John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums   At first glance John Steinbeck’s "The Chrysanthemums" seems to be a story about a woman whose niche is in the garden. Upon deeper inspection the story has strong notes of feminism in the central character Elisa Allen.  Elisa’s actions and feelings reflect her struggle as a woman trying and failing to emasculate herself in a male dominated society. Elisa is at her strongest and most proud in the garden and becomes weak when placed in feminine positions such as going out to dinner with her husband....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminism and Masculinity

- In contemporary society, hegemonic masculinity is defined by physical strength and boldness, heterosexuality, economic independence, authority over women and other men, and an interest in sexual relationships. While most men do not embody all of these qualities, society supports hegemonic masculinity within all its institutions, including the educational institute, the religious institute and other institutes which form the ideological state apparatus. Standards of masculinity vary from time to time, from culture to culture....   [tags: Manhood Hegemonic Masculinity]

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The Complex Relationship Between Multiculturalism and Feminism

- The Complex Relationship Between Multiculturalism and Feminism These days, it seems that multiculturalism is generally an assumed good. Increased acknowledgement of diversity and cultural sensitivity seem to be steps toward leveling the playing field for all human beings. And that is the goal of much scholarship and activism, right--to secure and ensure human rights across the board. That is one of global feminism’s aims, so it would seem that multiculturalism would help, not hinder, feminist work to better the situation of women....   [tags: Feminist Feminism Essays]

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Feminism Is Equal Opportunities And Rights

- ... Kentucky is regarded a southern state and southern living can strongly dictate what women’s roles should be. Much of what the author wrote regarding women’s relationship roles and identity replicate what I see within my own environment. To better explain why this post resonated with me, I’d like to share a couple personal experiences relatable to this post. Like many in my community, my entire family came together every Sunday to eat and every meal the men always ate first. After preparing the meal, my grandmother, mother, and aunts would wait in the living room until the men finished their meal before eating themselves....   [tags: Pregnancy, Family, Abortion, Feminism]

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The Feminist Movement

- The opening of a Women’s Studies class began with the “F word” written boldly across the board. Discussion began without an explanation: the reasons why the word is used, how it’s used, the idea that it can be intimidating, and how it can be perceived to those unaware of the context it was being tossed around, was discussed. After ideas were discussed the word Feminism replaced where “the F word” previously staid. (Ray) Women of the past lived their lives as second class citizens, never being able to contend with the struggles of being a woman born into a “man’s world”....   [tags: Feminism Essays]

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The First Wave Of Feminism

- ... Despite how small this may seem, it marked a big step in the equal rights of women and a huge victory for feminists. Supreme court cases began to make way on the issue of birth control and abortion in the 1960’s and 70’s. One important landmark case in 1973, known as Roe v. Wade, extended the right of women’s privacy to include abortions. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court struck down federal and state laws banning abortion. The court argued that its decision did not create a new law, but simply overturned laws that were unconstitutional....   [tags: Feminism, Gender, National Organization for Women]

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Transgenderism and Feminism

- Judith Halberstam’s lecture focused on the issues regarding transgenderism/transsexualism, feminism/trans feminism (FTM), and the relationships between them. The lecture mainly addressed the necessity of trans feminism and reasons for its absence in the present queer and feminist communities. Trans feminism is necessary for all trans individuals. Leaving femininity behind creates a problem for FTMs. Growing up; they were subject to the same challenges that other young women faced. In fact, they most likely still do face obstacles on top of the challenges that come with not fitting in a “socially proper” category of gender....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Feminism And The Category Of Women

- ... Yet as suggested by its misleadingly benign title, along the way this work tracks the parallel social construction of women’s identity and Feminism’s unfailing (although at times ‘precariously erected’ [112]) responsive politics, and in turn exposes both the relationship between institutions and individuals and the instability of the structure of identity. These, she argues, are not exclusive. This work is rift with examples of this ongoing call-and-response for dueling identity claims of women....   [tags: Feminism, Gender, Gender role, Radical feminism]

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The Necessity Of Establishing A Universal Intersectional Definition For Feminism

- ... Although feminism is in its essence a statement for gender equality, it is critical to expand beyond the basic argument that women should have the same rights as men. Many view feminism from a binary lens, assuming that social inequalities can be solved by addressing only the accepted genders of “man” and “woman.” In doing so, non-binary genders are excluded. Although the notion of one’s gender being somewhere on a spectrum rather than fitting neatly into a standardized box may appear to be common sense, it is a concept that plenty of people – self-proclaimed feminists included – are not aware of or choose to disregard....   [tags: Feminism, Gender, Sexism, Sociology]

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Second Wave Feminism And Its Attitude Toward Women

- ... (Gray and Boddy 369-375). This notion developed beyond the empowerment of women, however, and became the standard expectation of a feminist woman. Housewives were expected to reject patriarchal standards and encouraged to become educated and enter the workforce. Radical feminists saw women as sharing this desire, and used it as the building blocks for a united movement (Snyder-Hall 257). Radical feminists pushed for the rejection of gendered roles, the rejection of heterosexuality, and the rejection of men as an entirety....   [tags: Feminism, Gender, Feminist theory]

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Feminism In Literature

- “Top Girls” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” relate to contemporary political issues and feminism. Top Girls is regarded as a unique play about the challenges working women face in the contemporary business world. Churchill once wrote; ‘Playwrights don’t give answers, they ask questions’; she is proving this in Top Girls. She brings up many tough questions over the course of the play, including what success is and if women’s progress in the workplace has been a good or a bad thing. Margaret Atwood wrote a novel named The Handmaid’s tale, this is a novel that had been written from a feminist perspective....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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- Feminism: Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. As we look back in history women and men were never thought of as equal. When put up next to the strong, dominant male, females were often thought of as lower and not nearly as important. Even now though, as we enter into the twenty-first century, with all kinds of women’s rights and the thought that Hilary Clinton might just become the first women’s president, I have to say that I am probably one of the few women that are actually not in favor of it....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Second Wave of Feminism

- Despite the ratification of the 19th amendment 1920’s, which allowed woman to vote, sexism and gender discrimination is still prevalent in today’s society. The first wave of women’s suffrage occurred in the 1920’s leading up to the 19th amendment, and the second women’s movement is considered to be in the 1960’s, which led to many changes regarding how people perceive women. The second wave focused on getting better treatment for women regarding them in the workforce and how their pay was significantly lower than men’s and how they should juggle family and work, if even allowed....   [tags: Gender Discrimination, Sexism]

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An Early Feminist: An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex

- An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex, In Which are Inserted the Characters of a Pendant, a Squire, a Beau, a Vertuoso, a Poetaster, a City-Critick, &C. by Judith Drake Published in 1696, the authorship of An Essay in Defence of the Female sex has been a subject of debate for a long time. Initially the work had been attributed to the contemporary author of Judith Drake, Mary Astell. However this controversy has been cleared with Judith Drake as the decided author of this work. The controversy perhaps emanated from the fact that no author had been indicated on the letter....   [tags: Feminism]

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I Am A Woman,Too: Feminism To The Black Woman

- In history, women have always struggled to gain equality, respect, and the same rights as men. Women had had to endure years of sexism and struggle to get to where we are today. The struggle was even more difficult for women of color because not only were they dealing with issues of sexism, but also racism. Many movements have helped black women during the past centuries to overcome sexism, racism, and adversities that were set against them. History tells us that movements such as the Feminist Movement helped empower all women, but this fact is not totally true....   [tags: Racism Discrimination Female Feminism]

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Feminism And Revolutionary Struggles Of China

- ... The Industrial Revolution had introduced a time of development and Western nations requested that China opened up as a business opportunity for the products of its manufacturing products and factories as source of raw materials (Jayawardena, 1986, p.167). The British pursued the first war animosity on China; once the Chinese were defeated the British took over Shanghai. Once new rules and regulations were forced and agreed by the Chinese; the colonizers was still not satisfied attacking the Chinese again....   [tags: Feminism, Women's rights, Women's suffrage]

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A Raisin Of The Sun : Feminism And The Sexual Revolution

- The play, A Raisin in the Sun, has a very strong view of feminism in the 1960’s. The way that the females are portrayed and talked to in this play is not only an example of how the relationship between a man and a woman in society is unequal, but reflects a particular patriarchal ideology. Throughout this play, as the characters strive to achieve their dreams, the relationships that we see can be seen as feminist and as sexual stereotypes. Feminism is a perspective that views gender as one of the most important bases of the structure and organization of the social world....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Feminism]

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Feminism and Equal Rights

- Feminism is the belief in equal rights and opportunities, in organized activity, in support of women’s rights and interests, and also in the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes (Merriam-Webster). Typically, the word “feminism” has a negative connotation associated with it and feminists are stereotyped as closed minded, man hating, ugly, and whiny, among many other things. However, these stereotypes are much exaggerated and while they may be true of some feminists, most are normal women who could not be picked out from a crowd....   [tags: Opportunities, Organized Activity, Women's Rights]

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- I have been exposed to many forms of feminism. Many different ideas, concepts, and situations have been brought to my attention, enabling me to formulate my own loose definition of feminism, and to take those concepts with me to utilize in my life as a woman in order to obtain the life I deserve. To first understand feminism, one must be aware of the factors and forces that made—and still make—the fight for women’s rights such a relevant necessity. For example, women are mistreated and undervalued in athletics....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Feminism in Drama, Fiction and Poetry

- Literature is a part of human culture and values because humans are social animals that communicate through speech, music and writing. Literature comes in three forms; Drama, Fiction and Poetry. By using these forms of literature, we are able to send and receive messages in a creative and imaginative way. We are able to receive a deeper meaning from its content by reading and understanding literature. People write creative works to express their opinions or feelings from a particular subject or issue....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Social Status and Feminism in The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby may appear to be a simple tragic romance; however, within the text, Fitzgerald identifies and defines social gaps and importance of wealth. He also presents women within a very separate space as the men. The Great Gatsby allows the reader to enter into the world of wealth and experience the joys and tragedies of being within this certain class as well as allowing the reader to interpret the position of gender inside the class. "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,' he [my father] told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had" (Gatsby 1)....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminism, Marxism, Method And The State, And Sheila Jeffreys 's ' The Industrial Vagina '

- ... However, at the end of 20th century, it became to expand and develop quickly. Hence, making it a global market sector and profitable. Besides, she conveys how such a development is surprising considering the ways in which many other feminists believed that prostitution was merely an issue of residing in a male dominant society. Likewise, the dilemmas of prostitution would decline as a result of the advancement of women’s advocacy for equality. Nonetheless, she analyzes contributing factors that make prostitution an industrialized and globalised market sector....   [tags: Gender, Social class, Capitalism, Feminism]

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Feminism in "The Awakening"

- In the novel The Awakening, by Kate Chopin the critical approach feminism is a major aspect of the novel. According to the word feminism means, “The doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.” The Awakening takes place during the late eighteen hundreds to early nineteen hundreds, in New Orleans. The novel is about Edna Pontellier and her family on a summer vacation. Edna, who is a wife and mother, is inferior to her husband, Leonce, and must live by her husband’s desires....   [tags: Literary Themes]

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Feminism Is Relevant Today?

- For the first time in history women all over the world are being heard as one voice demanding their basic rights no matter what their country, color, or race (Hosken). Feminism has been an ongoing problem in every country for hundreds of years. Lack of education and violence toward progress has crushed many advancements for change. Women do not ask to be stronger or better than men. Many women just ask to be equal and known for their ideas and accomplishments. It is not about women working individually, but it is about what women are able to do together with other men and women....   [tags: Feminism, Women's suffrage, Domestic violence]

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Feminism in Medea by Euripides

- Feminism in Medea by Euripides The play Medea by Euripides challenges the dominant views of femininity in the patriarchal society of the Greeks. While pursuing her ambition Medea disregards many of the feminine stereotypes/ characteristics of the patriarchal Greek society. She questions the inequality of women in a patriarchal society, contradicts Jason?s chauvinist beliefs, challenges the stereotype that women are weak and passive and completely disregards the feminine role of motherhood....   [tags: Feminism Euripides]

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Feminism : The Story Of An Hour

- ... She begins to see how her marriage made her into a lesser person. She realizes that she has been living her life through limitations caused from being married. Mrs. Mallard knows that she can begin to live for herself. Bending her will and freedom to her husband that held all of the control in the relationship. Feminism is displayed in this story, from the looks of it the marriage, in this story, appears to be the male having complete control over the woman. To question your husband at this period in time meant that you were being an out of control wife....   [tags: Woman, Marriage, Wife, Women's suffrage]

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The Tainted Legacy Of First Wave Feminism

- ... Stanton and Anthony were the founders of the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), one of the first women’s suffrage groups, formed in 1869. The group actively excluded black women from joining and participating in demonstrations and the like. Over forty years later, in 1913, black activist Ida Wells-Barnett desired to march in a parade in Washington organized by suffragist Alice Paul, but Paul told Well-Barnett that she could only march in the back of the line. These racist sentiments persisted throughout the entirety of the first wave, and later influenced the formation and goals of feminist groups in the second wave....   [tags: Feminism, Women's suffrage, White people]

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Vision of Feminism in the Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- Feminism in the novel The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margaret Atwood is a prominent theme. This novel represents the morals and horrors of a vision of feminism, which is sometimes taken to the extremes. Women’s rights have been downgraded and as a result of this women are used to bear children and are constantly watched by the eye. The Handmaids are considered powerful figures in the novels’ society while living in a dystopia of cultural feminism, which cause them to be degraded women with a loss of identity....   [tags: cultural, rights, identity, feminism]

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Feminism And The Social Media

- ... Given this clear fact, why do so many of us still not identify with being a feminist. Many of us believe in gender/racial equality but do not like to be labelled as one with “feminist” ideals because of the negative connotation that has come from the word itself. We as a society tend to describe feminism as a whole in negative terms, such as “extremist” and “radical” and “man-hating” and “female superiority” and “male oppression”. What we, as a society, fail to realize is “radical feminism” (or anything of the sort) doesn 't exist....   [tags: Gender, Feminism, Women's rights, Racism]

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Another Feminism

- Q.1(b) Feminist approaches to sociological theory have developed out of historical sites of struggle for equality. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of four (4) different feminist theoretical orientations. Sociological theory is broadly concerned with structured forms of social inequality. Therefore, sociologist generally attempt to approach human behaviour and relations in terms of the particular social setting of different social groups, classes and etc. However, feminist critics of sociology have pointed out that sociological theorists have neglected gender as a central principle of social differentiation....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Feminism in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

- Feminism in Uncle Tom’s Cabin   While Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin overtly deals with the wrongs of slavery from a Christian standpoint, there is a subtle yet strong emphasis on the moral and physical strength of women. Eliza, Eva, Aunt Chloe, and Mrs. Shelby all exhibit remarkable power and understanding of good over evil in ways that most of the male characters in Stowe’s novel. Even Mrs. St. Claire, who is ill throughout most of the book, proves later that she was always physically in control of her actions, however immoral they were....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminism : A Critical Thinking

- Yixin Chen Critical Thinking Words count: 1015 Feminism In the 19th century, man, who was the center of the family; they make money and the most decision for the family. It was more important for married women to stay at home to do the housing work, and they were not allowed to go to work. Therefore, in the 20 century, women complained about the inequality between men and women in both socially and politically. For many years, women have struggled gaining the equal right with men because their opportunity and basic rights were taken when they were born....   [tags: Feminism, Women's rights, Gender, Women's suffrage]

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Feminism And The Feminist Movement

- ... We can see this trend in the Timeline of Legal History of Women in the United States, as only two Black women are mention at all. However despite its downfalls the feminist movement has outlasted many other social movements in history (Taylor et al). The piece "The Women 's Movement Persistence through Transformation" highlights how the changes within the movement and the reactions of society to feminism in general illustrate that we are advancing. The movement that has sustained various attacks continues to adapt and resurface, what some people refer to as 'new waves '....   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Gender, Patriarchy]

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Feminism Is The Dominant And True Form

- ... The literal aim of feminism is unknown my many people, whether they detest or support the movement. This leads to misconceptions about what feminists are striving to achieve and creates a bad image of the movement. Its actual definition, stated by the oxford dictionary, is: “The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.” Notice the phrase ‘equality of the sexes’ in the definition stated above, defining the goal of feminism as to strive to achieve the same level of opportunities and rights for both women and men....   [tags: Feminism, Gender, Feminist theory, Gender role]

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Women 's Studies As A Concept Of Feminism

- ... As a result, students are encouraged to participate in service activities such as critical discussions, research studies, and to challenge issues such as, sexism, inequality, and racism in one’s social sphere. Based on the readings we have discussed, the authors explained issues, theories, and causes of feminism in their opinion and briefly described ways of unraveling them in today’s society. Many women believed that domination, sexism and racism played a vicious role in feminism, while others believed that, educating women would be a wise investment for everyone and would end a lingering patriarchal domination (Gilmore 1992, 31)....   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Sociology, Gender]

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Feminism : A Feminist And What Effect Does It Have On Fashion?

- ... As women were doing a lot more physical jobs they needed to be able to move with ease, because of this fashion began to change. Dress codes became more relaxed with shorter skirts and less fitted silhouettes. Land workers started to wear trousers, however it was decades before women wearing trousers became acceptable. Coco Chanel had a big impact on women’s fashion during the war, her practical designs suited the needs of women doing physical work. Her convenient clothes enabled women to work with ease....   [tags: Feminism, Gender, Women's suffrage]

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Feminism and Toril Moi

- Feminist criticism appeared in Europe and America in the late 1960s. In fact, most scholars were women, so this movement could easily make its way and became influential. It aims at exploring women's role in the western cultures: " One serious cultural obstacle encountered by any feminist writer is that each feminist work has tended to be received as if it emerged from nowhere ......... women's work and thinking has been made to seem sporadic, erratic, orphaned of any tradition of its own " 1 Such a trend was taken into account, rejected by male critics and writers, so their task was definitely hard to prove their ideas and their existence as critics; they had to reread women's works....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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Feminism in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

- For centauries, women have been forced to live life in the outskirts of a male dominated society. During the 1800’s, the opportunities for women were extremely limited and Mary Shelly does an excellent job in portraying this in her gothic novel, Frankenstein. Furthermore, in this novel, Mary Shelly shows how society considers women to be possessions rather than independent human beings. In addition, the female characters rely heavily on men for support and survival, thus proving their inability to do it on their own....   [tags: Feminism, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein,]

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Differences Between Liberal And Radical Feminism

- ... Liberal and radical feminism both emerged during the second wave of feminism and focused on the oppression of women as a whole group by men as a whole group. This lacks an understanding of the role that race, socioeconomic class, and the status of an individual as transgender (radical feminism has been singularly criticized for this because of the production of what are known as TERFs or trans-exclusionary radical feminists). The major differences between liberal and radical feminists stem from their separate ideas about the differences between the genders that the framework that these ideologies are built upon....   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Radical feminism]

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Feminism and Modern Feminist Theory

- Feminism is a body of social theory and political movement primarily based on and motivated by the experiences of women. While generally providing a critique of social relations, many proponents of feminism also focus on analyzing gender inequality and the promotion of women's rights, interests, and issues. Feminist theory aims to understand the nature of gender inequality and focuses on gender politics, power relations and sexuality. Feminist political activism campaigns on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, sexual harassment, discrimination and sexual violence....   [tags: Feminist Theory Essays]

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Feminism and feminist social theory

- Feminism and feminist social theory unlike other theoretical perspectives is woman-centered and inter-disciplinary, hence promotes methods of achieving social justice. The feminism and feminist social theory takes into consideration three questions, what of the women. Why is the present social world as it is today. Additionally, how can the social world be changed to make it more just for the women and all people alike. In recent developments, feminist theorists have begun questioning the differences between women....   [tags: Sociology]

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Feminism in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Feminism in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale In The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood explores the role that women play in society and the consequences of a countryís value system. She reveals that values held in the United States are a threat to the livelihood and status of women. As one critic writes, “the author has concluded that present social trends are dangerous to individual welfare” (Prescott 151).  The novel is set in the near future in Gilead, formerly the U.S., at a time when the population rate is rapidly declining....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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