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Feminism in the Novel Jane Erye

- The belief that women should have equal economic, political and social rights which were offered to men was known as feminism. Feminism has been a prominent and controversial topic in writing for over two centuries, with the view articulating in the “19th century meaning that women were inherently equal to men and deserved equal rights and opportunities.” (Gustafson, 1) Many women throughout time have stood forward towards women’s rights. Jane Eyre was written and published during the Victorian Era....   [tags: Charlotte Bronte, Literary Criticism]

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Marxism and Radical and Liberal Feminism

- In this essay I propose to discuss two key sociological perspectives, Marxism and Radical and Liberal Feminism. I will also apply these theories to the family aspect of social life. Marxism is a structural conflict theory as outlined originally by Karl Marx (1818-1883). Marx called the society we live in a capitalist society, and divided society into two basic classes. The ruling class or bourgeoisie as he called them, which was at the time of Marx the wealthy factory owners and land owners, and the working class which he called the proletariat....   [tags: sociological perspectives]

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The Role of Feminism in Nursing History

- ... (Holder, 2004; Lasseter, 1999). Concurrently, nurses participating in the war began to take action in order to gain military rank, which was not a provision made in the establishment of the Army Nursing Corps and Navy Nursing Corps. These efforts achieved the measure of “relative rank” which though it brought no added authority or very many benefits, was able to confer a certain amount of respect by officially making military-employed nurses a part of the military. However, working in the male-dominated military environment, nurses faced the unpleasant prospect of being the outsiders....   [tags: healthcare professionals, stereotypes, imagery]

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Cinderella, Pretty Woman and Feminism

- Pretty Woman is a modern take on the classic Cinderella story where a poor misguided girl meets her prince and her life is dramatically changed. This film has fairy tale elements, but the biggest element in the movie is the use of sex; Vivian, the main character, is a prostitute. She meets her “prince” and is swept off of her feet, but what this really means is that she is bought for an entire week by a handsome, wealthy business man. One would assume that he was buying her for sex, but this is not your average prostitute transaction....   [tags: classic cinderella story, literary analysis]

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An Analysis in Feminism in the Play 'Lysistrata'

- In Aristophanes play Lysistrata, the women of Greece take on the men to stop the raging war between the Athenians and the Spartans. To stop the war, the women withhold sex from their male counterparts, and take over the Acropolis for themselves. The women are indeed triumphant in their goals to stop the war, and the Athenians and Spartans come to an understanding. What is blatantly ignored, however, is that Aristophanes creates a gender war that, although seemingly rejoices the actions of the women, instead mocks the women’s power-struggle in a male dominated society, focuses on the male-privilege seen throughout the entirety of the play, and should be disregarded in the fact that this play...   [tags: Aristophanes play, ancient Greek drama]

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Feminism in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Written in 1850, The Scarlet Letter stood as a very progressive book. With new ideas about women, main characters’ stories intertwined, and many different themes, The Scarlet Letter remains today as a extremely popular novel about 17th century Boston, Massachusetts. Not only was the 19th century a time for the abolition of slavery movement but it was also the beginning of the first wave of feminism. Women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott catalyzed the women’s rights movement....   [tags: the scarlet letter]

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Feminism and its Role in Medea

- In Medea, by Euripides, conflicts play a major role in the creation of the play. Some examples of these conflicts are with Medea and Jason, Medea and herself, and Medea and Creon. Medea is shown to be a strong, independent woman who does what she wants as well as doesn’t let anything stand in her way. She shares qualities of a traditional male at the time, and the qualities of a traditional female. Euripides makes this clear in the play by creating conflicts to prove women can be a powerful character and that the play in general challenges the idea of misogyny....   [tags: literary analysis, euripides]

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Feminism and Jane Austen's Emma

- In eighteenth century which feminist in social status was not popular by that time, author can only through literature to express her thought and discontented about society. Jane Austen’s Emma advocates a concept about the equality of men and women. Also satirizes women would depend on marriage in exchange to make a living or money in that era. By the effect of society bourgeois, Emma has little self-arrogant. She is a middle class that everyone could admire, “Young, pretty, rich and clever”, she has whatever she needs....   [tags: Jane Austen, Emma Essays]

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Feminism and the Movie Industry

- Feminism has been a huge challenger towards the film industry over the years. Feminism is a movement that supports women equality within society. In relation to film, feminism is what pushes the equal representation of females in mainstream films. Laura Mulvey is a feminist theorist that is famous for touching on this particular issue of how men and women are represented in movies. Through her studies, she discovered that many films were portraying men and women very differently from reality. She came up with a theory that best described why there is such as huge misrepresentation of the social status quos of male and female characters....   [tags: equal representation in mainstream films]

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Geoffrey Chaucer Stance on Feminism

- The investigation into whether or not Geoffrey Chaucer was ahead of his time in terms of his views on feminism has been up for debate for hundreds of years. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue is just one solitary example of the complicated nature of Chaucer’s belief system. On the one hand, we have many strong female characters that despite still being extremely dependant on the men in their lives, know what they want out of life. From a contrasting point of view, readers see a group of men, including Chaucer as the writer himself, making fun of the very nature of women as a whole....   [tags: characters, women, roles, opinions]

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Feminism and the Civil Rights Movement

- Sheryl Sandberg poses a perplexing dilemma as she proclaims “women are not making it to the top in any profession anywhere in the world,” especially considering women earn approximately 57% of undergraduate and 60% of all master’s degrees. A rational individual would conclude an aggregate increase in the number of educated women from 1960 to 2010 would yield more women leaders in the 20th century, but the data is not as promising as one might expect—only 9 of 190 heads of state are women and only 15-16% of the corporate sector is female....   [tags: women, stereotypes, equality]

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Radical Feminism and Hip Hop

- Since its emergence in the South Bronx in the 1970’s, hip hop has spread to both urban and suburban communities throughout the world. Once an underground genre of music, it is seen in commercials, movies, television shows, etc. It has transformed from music and expanded into a full culture. It has even made its way into fashion and art. Men have always been on the front line of Hip Hop. However, the lyrics and images have changed tremendously. Lyrics and images that once spoke upon the injustices and empowerment for the African American people is now filled with money, cars, jewelry, and of course women....   [tags: Music Analysis ]

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Barbie: The Queen of Feminism

- When I was very young, I owned very many Barbie dolls. To me, they were just so beautiful, and flawless, and I loved them very much. But the Barbie that said the most to me was the President Barbie. This spoke to me. It said that anyone, anywhere, of any gender, socioeconomic status, background, sexuality, ethnicity, race, or belief system could be anything they ever wanted to be, as long as they worked hard enough to achieve it. And this is a very important message, and it is a message that Barbie sends to people every day, all over the world....   [tags: Professional Careers, Rennaissance Woman]

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Ecofeminism: The Feminism of Ecology

- There are many, different oppressions throughout human society that are intricately woven together and interconnected. Many of these oppressions are formed within a patriarchal, Christian theology and involve the body: the body of Earth, the bodies of women, the body of animals. Sallie McFague sets up a model of bodies to help break these connected oppressions. McFague’s work emphasizes that the body and its oppressions are what connects Christian theology, feminism, and ecology. Her model focuses on the metaphorical idea that the body of the earth is the body of God (McFague, 1993)....   [tags: Ecofeminism]

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Feminism in The Scarlett Letter

- ... Hester, as she reenters society, furthermore expresses “a haughty smile” (Hawthorne 37), allowing her self-confidence to shine pass the criticism of society. Living in a cottage on the outskirts of society provides Hester a shield from womanly expectations of society, furthering her growth as an independent woman. Through her loneliness, she learns to be self-reliant by using her needlework “to supply food for her thriving infant and herself” (Hawthorne 56). Her self-reliance allows her to thrive for seven years without the presence of a man to support her, a truly feminist attribute....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne novel analysis]

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On Feminism and Jane Eyre

- Influential female characters in literature reflect the struggle for equality women have with men. Much like reality, these characters seek individualism and liberty from, or equality with, men in a society dominated by men. These seekers are called feminists and many feminists see Charlotte Bronte’s titular character Jane Eyre as a proto-feminist icon of the Victorian era. Not only does Jane Eyre show the struggle of one woman under one man it represents the struggle of women in a male-dominated society....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Feminism

- The adversity women endured in a patriarchal society during the nineteenth century gave birth to female feminism. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was one of the leading feminist during that time. Gilman strived for the oppressed women during the “Victorian Age”, she dedicated her life to social reform believing ever women should have equality. She opened the door for every day women to become involved and to be the masters of their own destiny. The subjugation Gilman faced in the nineteenth century as well as her own experience with postpartum depression greatly influenced her short story “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Gilman lived in a time of American history where women were subjugated against and usi...   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]

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Virginia Woolf and Contemporary Feminism

- Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941), a prominent English writer and feminist, was considered one of the twentieth-century’s most remarkable modernist novelists. The well-known works of Virginia Woolf are often closely related to the development of feminist reproach. With that being said, she was a rather distinguished writer in relation to the modernist movement as well. Virginia Woolf certainly restructured the novel, experimenting with her flow of thoughts and imageries. Although, not always appearing to be the work of clear organization or even solid structure for that matter....   [tags: english writer, modernism, biography]

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The Eloquent Rhetoric of Feminism

- ... From a religious perspective, Stanton appeals to the Protestant ethic of the American public. The Protestant ethic teaches each faithful servant to take control of their own individual conscience and judgment (Stanton, 4-5). Furthermore, considering the children of each man and woman in her audience, Stanton stresses the innocence and vulnerability of the child who has to progress through the world alone and on their own merits. This appeal emphasizes the familial dynamic of Americans who cherish their children and raise them with strong ethics and Protestant values....   [tags: attributes and style of Stanton's appeals]

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When Feminism Goes Wrong

- When Feminism Goes Wrong: The Creation of Africana Womanism Clenora Hudson-Weems, founder of Africana womanist theory, defines Africana womanism as “an ideology created and designed for all women of African descent. It is grounded in African culture, and therefore, it necessarily focuses on the unique experiences, struggles, needs and desires of Africana women” (Hudson-Weems, 2007). Finding the existing philosophies dealing with women’s issues lacking, Hudson-Weems sought out a new perspective that would reflect the unique experience of Africana women....   [tags: the creation of Africana Womanism]

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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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Second Wave of Feminism

- ... Numerous reported feeling fretful and troubled, despite the fact that they couldn't precisely distinguish the wellspring of these sentiments. The production of this book forced numerous ladies to turn all the more nearly toward their own particular lives, and it soon turned into a blockbuster (and is presently viewed as one of the accepted books of women's activist thought.) Friedan soon set out on her trip to turning into one of the heading lights of Second Wave Feminism, and inevitably served to establish the National Organization for Women, an association whose intention was to seek after sex fairness and to ensure and backer for the privileges of females....   [tags: Gender Discrimination, Sexism]

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Feminism: Pride and Prejudice

- Feminism was a subject that was rarely discussed in 19th century British society. This was mostly because the idea of equality among the sexes had not taken form in Britain’s very distinct social classes. The aspect of feminism is defined as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. However, the disdain for equal rights during the Victorian Era did not hinder some women writers from blatantly expressing their ideals through their writing. Some of these brave women were Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]

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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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Eudora Welty and Feminism

- Feminism can be defined as a social idea that men and women should both have equal rights. The topic of feminism has been debated for many years. Throughout the early 1900's, the Women's Rights Movement was one of the largest social movements in the United States. Eudora Welty was born in 1909, right around the time where women's rights were being debated the most. Welty grew up in Mississippi, a common setting in many of her short stories. She was a smart girl who enjoyed reading and writing. Welty was also an artistic soul who enjoyed painting, photography and drawing....   [tags: Biography, Writing Styles, Author]

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Feminism, Insanity or Both

- The unnamed narrator finds herself trapped within a large room lined with yellow wallpaper and hidden away from all visitors by her husband-physician John. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a summer spent in the large ancestral hall to find healing through rest turns into the manic changes of her mind. The overbearing nature of her husband inspires a program designed to make her better; ironically, her mind takes a turn for the worse when she believes the wallpaper has come to life....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Is it Feminist to be a Power Feminist?

- Is it Feminist to be a Power Feminist. Just as we ask many questions about what it means to be a feminist, power feminist, or any other group that takes roots in feminism, it is apparent that these groups themselves are asking the same questions. Just in our text book alone there are almost a dozen types of feminist groups that have different stances on nearly every single issue in feminism. Outside of the text book there dozens more small feminist groups as well that surely do not see eye to on every issue either....   [tags: feminism, gender discrimination]

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Ibsen, Strindberg and Feminism

- In the late 19th century Naturalism was emerging as the primary movement in literature of that period. The movement was influenced heavily by the discoveries made in politics, sciences and psychology of the time. Discoveries such as Darwin’s evolutionary theories, Marx’s Das Kapital and even Freud’s research on the psychology of the human were creating shock and upset and began to revolutionised society’s outlook on the world. The naturalist movement in literature also coincided with the beginnings of women’s emancipation throughout the western world....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Angela Davis and Feminism

- Mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, aunts, uncles, grandparents, pimps, prostitutes, straight people, gay people, lesbian people, Europeans, Asians, Indians, and Africans all have once thing in common: they are products of sexuality. Sexuality is the most common activity in the world, yet is considered taboo and “out of the norm” in modern society. Throughout history, people have been harassed, discriminated against, and shunned for their “sexuality”. One person who knows this all too well is activist and author, Angela Davis....   [tags: sexuality, gender roles, race]

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Rita M. Gross' Feminism and Religion

- In her book Feminism and Religion, Rita M. Gross provides readers with an introduction to the need for, and benefits of, androgynous scholarship in the field of religious studies. Gross strives to make readers aware of the dangers of androcentric, Eurocentric scholarship. Moreover, she advances the claim that, “properly pursued, the field of religious studies involves study of all major religions found in human history” and an equal representation of both men’s and women’s religious experiences (Gross 1-4)....   [tags: Rita Gross Feminist Papers]

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Feminist Pedagogy: Not Just for Women Anymore

- Your responsibilities as teachers at this community college are very important in educating the dedicated students that attend your school. As an aging baby-boomer approaching retirement, no doubt like some of you in this room today, I recognize the importance of providing opportunities for growth and experiential learning in our young adults that will affect not only their lives, but those of everyone else around them. It is this distinguished group of graduates that will become our leaders, policy makers, doctors, lawyers and business people....   [tags: Education, Feminism]

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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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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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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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Feminist Ideas the Screwball Comedy Film Genre

- The Screwball comedy is a film genre that found its way onto the screens in the early 1930s and lasted till the early 1940s. They were a consequence of the newly adapted censorship law in 1934 that restricted addressing adult content on screen. They therefore incorporated more comedic and creative ways of symbolizing topics such as sex and homosexuality. Screwball comedies were mainly based on plots that had conflict between social classes as their many premise and always had a happy ending which was almost always marriage....   [tags: Feminism Essays]

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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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Radical Feminism

- Imagine waking up to the President and Congress being gunned down and the United States run by radical “Christian fundamentalist” (Beauchamp). In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, this terrible scenario is not a dream, but a reality. Atwood admitted in an interview with Mervyn Rothstien of New York Times, “I delayed writing it for about three years after I got the idea because I felt it was too crazy.” Indeed, the dystopian society of the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, is a chilling thought but raises questions on the treatment of women in today’s society....   [tags: Women's Rights ]

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Lesbian Feminism

- We live in a world where a 21st century woman can vote, work full time, and raise a family on her own terms. Woman can choose when to have children, if they want to achieve a higher education, and obtain jobs that women in the 60’s only dreamt about. Most of these accomplishments were brought on by the Women’s Movement of the 1960’s. They brought up conventional thoughts and ideas that changed the course of history. However, in their quest for women’s rights and equality amongst men, there were some that were left out of the mass movement....   [tags: social issues, woman, children]

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Feminism Throughout History

- Feminism Throughout history, women around the globe have been struggling to gain rights that are equal to men in the society. Women have been struggling to obtain respect, equality, and the same rights men have in the society. However, this has been difficult to them because of patriarchy, an ideology whereby, men are always considered to be superior to women, and have the right to control women. This thought has spread widely among the social structures of the society around the globe and this made it difficult for women to achieve their dreams of feminism....   [tags: Women, Equal Rights, Society, Men, Equality]

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Feminism: It's all about a Woman's Rights

- There is a philosophy in which women are valued -- a movement that dreams of a world in which women and men are equal in social, political, and economic agendas. This movement is known as feminism. Feminism first started during the nineteenth and early twentieth century, when the U.S and UK experienced what is known as first-wave feminism, a legendary movement because it gave women suffrage and property rights. Second-wave feminism took place during the 1960’s and lasted through the 1990’s, crucial because it brought up issues such as family, the workplace, and reproductive rights....   [tags: philosophy in which women are valued]

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Emergence of Feminism in Indian Literature: An Overview

- ... This was a misconception created in the society from the Vedic age. Some of the Indian reformers like Sahajanad Swami and Raja Rammohan Roy were totally against this practice. However, the situation became better in 1829 when this practice was banned by the Lord Viceroy William Bentik. Ironically, the struggle for the empowerment of women was started by men. After their continuous trials, women became aware of their basic social and political rights. However, with the advancement of time, conditions of women have improved a lot....   [tags: state of women in India]

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Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti

- Feminism is a word that is stock-full of implications, and has many misconceptions. Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti attempts to give a broad overview of what feminism is, and how you should feel about it (hint: it’s positively). The book is directed primarily towards the younger generation, and talks about a variety of issues relevant to the feminist movement today and in history. The weaknesses of the book include the casual writing, the assumptions Valenti makes, and the contradictory statements that are consistently made....   [tags: literary analysis]

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The Complicated Relationship Between Pornography and Feminism

- Pornography and feminism have had quite an odd relationship. Feminist writers such as Gloria Steinem have denounced the sex industry while it has continued to expand exponentially. Due to technological advances such as the internet and cell phones, pornography is easier to access then ever before. Some publications even estimate that gross annual sales for pornographic videos would exceed four billion dollars (Rich 2011: 1). With this much money being invested into an industry that operates in a capitalistic society, it would be ignorant to hope that it would cease to exist....   [tags: objectifying of women]

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A Radical- Socialist Feminism with a Postcolonial Approah

- ... Through colonization and globalization this system of domination seeks to convert the more egalitarian societies. An example of this spread of domination is the white settler’s attitude towards conquering and taming the nature, which was forcefully embedded in the Native American culture. I am interested in exploring how the foundation of the issue, which is tied to women’s sexuality, plays out in the colonial context. To examine this, I will look at the institution of marriage and prove that it is a form of patriarchal colonization of women....   [tags: theory, oppression, revolution, education]

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Feminism in both "Hamlet" and "Lady Oracle"

- The literary works, Hamlet and Lady Oracle, chart both the life’s course of their main characters and underline the protagonist’s trajectory in some decisive moments of their existence, when both of them, Hamlet and Joan Foster, need to take some decisions which may change their destinies. In this brief essay I will try to point out similarities and differences between these two stories taking into consideration a feminist approach. First and foremost I would like to mention what do I mean by feminist approach and how do I intend to apply it to my essay....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay]

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Feminism in Indian English and Tamil literature

- The term 'feminism' has its origin from the Latin word lemina' meaning 'woman'. It refers to the advocacy of women's rights, status and power at par with men on the grounds of 'equality of sexes'. In other words, it relates to the belief that women should have the same social, economic and political rights as men. The term became popular from the early twentieth century struggles for securing women's suffrage or voting rights in the western countries, and the later well-organized socio-political movement for women's emancipation from patriarchal oppression....   [tags: lemina, women's right, indian women]

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Second-Wave Feminism and Labour in Canada

- Canadian workplaces today seem to be a fairly diverse place, with a blend of many religions, ethnicities, and genders present. However, although people preach affirmative action and melting pots in current times, many inequality and power issues still abound. One strikingly noticeable example is gender discrimination. Women in the workforce face many challenges like smaller wages, harassment, male privilege in hiring or promotions, and lack of support when pregnant or raising children....   [tags: Canadian women's movement]

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The Fourth Wave Of Feminism: A Personal Viewpoint

- As a fourth wave feminist of color, black feminism means many things to me. It means that I have many opportunities available to me that the first, second, and third wave feminist did not have. It also means that although we as women of color have been fighting for equal pay, equal rights and equality in our relationships, that we still have a long way to go. Before I took this course, I thought that feminism was about equality, fighting, and power. When it comes to equality, I thought about being on the same level as men in every aspect of life....   [tags: Social Issues]

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Feminism: The Advocacy of Women´s Right

- ... ...And that if [she] didn't want that to happen, [she] should wear the veil…” (Satrapi, 73). This is a wake-up call for Marjane, and opens her eyes to the abuse women endure from men, simply for dressing less conservatively than they would like. This is a clear violation of human rights, in which a woman’s life is violently threatened because she is not covered and women are blamed for violence committed by men. During her 2013 TedxTalk, nearly 30 years later, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie brought up a similar issue, just as relevant today....   [tags: ideology, persepolis]

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Modern Feminism and Violence Against Women

- The 20th century has seeing many progresses for women across the world. Prehistory showed that women could not vote, educational institution excluded them, and work outside the home was limited. Women today live longer and are more educated, enjoy more job opportunities, and earn a little higher salary. However, we still live in a world were society is run by religious laws, customs, and male dominances. These traditions and customs still limit women mobility and women are still regarded as subordinate to men and violence against women still exists despite having many strives in the 20th century....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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The Dawn of Feminism

- The Victorian era was a time when the rights that women are so accustom to today did not exist. In fact, this era was especially known for the stern code of morality that was placed on women. Men acted more like property owners when it came to women. Men viewed women as only useful to serve a few specific purposes, and other than that, they were virtually worthless. Women like Louisa May Alcott, were seeking a chance to explore their individual freedoms apart from men. Women weren’t granted the right to vote until 1919; however, Louisa May Alcott expressed early interest in the subject of women’s rights, having lived through this demeaning era herself....   [tags: the Victorian era]

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Feminism: Women's Status in Higher Education

- Throughout human history, customs derived from mythical and religious social traditions have provided cultural explanations regarding the evolution of the roles of men and women and the variations between the structures of the lives of the sexes (Sapiro 28). Although many see America as a country of equal opportunities for all, including women, most forget the struggle and hardship thousands faced to earn this God-given right. Professor Barry Bull of Indiana University speculates on the current infrastructure of American society: “If we do not expect this institution to treat citizens fairly in these various roles, the hope that we will be able to achieve anything like a recognizably just so...   [tags: equality, gender roles, women]

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Feminism in Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye

- Feminism is defined as supporting the Equal Rights Amendment. Feminism interests in the “equality and justice for all women” and “seeks to eliminate systems of inequality and injustice” for all women (Shaw and Lee 10). The Equal Rights Amendment was presented into Congress in 1923 from the failure in referencing women and citizenship in the Fourteenth Amendment. If the Equal Rights Amendment passed, women would have the same equal rights as men. Women would also not be separated or singled out by other men....   [tags: Social Conflicts, Character Analysis]

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The pre-feminism concept of gender differences

- “Girls go to Jupiter to get more ‘stupider’, boys go to Mars to get more candy bars!” A few of us may have heard this sort of unrefined phraseology during our grade school years, or possibly even uttered something similar (present company excluded, of course). While youthful taunts and jest often play around with and make light of gender superiority or bias, the subject has accumulated a much more serious tone in recent times. In education, academia, and the corporate workforce, the notion of gender differences has been defined, redefined, and defined again, in the pursuit of a single truth; How different are men and women, if any different at all....   [tags: Gender Roles, Gender Traits]

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Feminism and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Throughout history western culture has operated under the idea that women were inferior creatures and lesser beings. Women have been called “a foe to friendship, an inescapable punishment, a necessary evil, and the gateway to the Devil.” Feminism has been around for hundreds years because of the way women have been treated and from that, came the feminist approach. The feminist approach aims to understand gender difference, gender inequality and focus on gender politics and sexuality. When looking through the eyes of a feminist, readers must resist the andocentric point of view and think about the female’s point of view, whether male or female....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Feminism in Shakespeare´s The Taming of the Shrew

- The Taming of the Shrew is a Shakespearian dramatic comedy, focusing on the popular subject of the ‘shrew’, who were women considered to be ‘bad tempered’. This has caused a lot of controversy especially during the 20th and 21st centuries due to the emergence of feminism. This has created many different views on how women are presented in the play. Feminist literary criticism is literary criticism informed by feminist theory. In the simplest terms, ‘feminist literary criticism is concerned with the politics of women's authorship and the representation of women's condition within literature’ ....   [tags: William Shakespeare, criticism, women, abuse]

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Feminism: A Constant Stride Towards Equality

- “Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their oppressors.” -Evelyn Cunningham Feminism is an idea based on the assumption that women have the same human, political and social rights as men, furthermore, that women should have the same opportunities as men in their personal choices regarding careers, politics and expression (Reference.com). A feminist text states the author’s agenda for women in society as they relate to oppression by a patriarchal power structure and the subsequent formation of social ‘standards’ and ‘protocols’....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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Feminism and the Neurological Body by Elizabeth Wilson

- ... It is surely not uncommon to see people carry around different kinds of disinfectant sprays and other chemical products in order to reduce the amount of bacteria and germs on their skin and in their body. However, the fact is that distal human intestine represents “an anaerobic bioreactor programmed with an enormous population of bacteria.” The study was conducted in order to assess the influence of microbiota on the energy storage in mice raised without exposure to any microorganisms compared to the control group that had acquired a microbiota since birth....   [tags: human biology, digestion system]

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Feminism in the Old Testament- Article Reviews

- Juskiene, Vaineta. "Female Image in the Biblical Text: Aspect of Creationsim." Feminist -------------Theology. Journal Biblical Literature, 1 Dec. 2010. Web. 2 Apr. 2012. Rooke, Deborah W. "Feminist Criticism of the Old Testament: Why Bother?"Libraries.Slu.Edu. ----Journal Biblical Literature, 1 Jan. 2007. Web. 6 Apr. 2012. <http://ehis.ebscohost.com.ezp.slu.edu/eds/detail?vid=6&hid=101&sid=b1182eba-cea0-4340-8ef1-ed25678fc244%40sessionmgr112&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=a9h&AN=24052529>.   Feminism in the Old Testament   The first article that is discussed in great proportion is called ‘The Feminist Criticism of the Old Testament: Why Bother?’ by Deborah W....   [tags: bible, theology, religion]

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Understanding the Feminism in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- As I began reading “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, I felt that it had an element of demoralization towards women. In addition to this demoralization, I felt that the imagery and tone elevated the image of the male characters to be superior to women in intelligence. As I read further I realized that the author was attempting to dispel this belief in male superiority. In fact, I felt that the author was illustrating that women are not inferior to men, but have the ability to be superior. Through my research into the context of “Trifles,” I strengthened my understanding of Glaspell’s goal to teach me the inaccuracy of the sexist belief that women are less valuable than men....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical essay, theatre]

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Has Feminism Benefited the American Society?

- Feminism has transferred an impact on the American society. Some of the benefits include restructured views on careers, schooling, and privileges women obtain. The women’s movement was the main triumphant movement of the 1960s and 1970s (Epstein 125). However, without the victory of the movement nothing would be the same as it is these days. In conclusion, women vision themselves differently now then what they did thirty years ago (Epstein 125). For instance, women pursue infinite amounts of career options that they would have been deprived of in the past....   [tags: Gender Roles, Women's Right]

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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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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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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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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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The Negative View of Feminism Given Off by Gossip Girl

- Feminism has without a doubt changed over the past hundred years. What started out as a fight for equal civil rights turning into a term with many different opinions and definitions. There are multiple approaches on how to define the feminism movement. Today, television and the media play a large part in how the public views feminism. How television interprets feminism is, for the most part, how the rest of the public will as well. Since television plays such a large part in influencing the public, this paper will aim to see if specifically the television series Gossip Girl has an attitude that gives off a negative view of feminism....   [tags: sociological analysis of TV show]

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Female Chauvinist Pigs

- In Female Chauvinist Pigs, Ariel Levy attempts to reconcile her personal views of feminism with its portrayal in popular culture. In order to challenge what she sees as a co-opted version of feminism, Levy raises the question of authenticity of “sex-positive feminism” (Levy, 63) on two levels: by “selling out” in terms of the body and in terms of our patriarchal culture. In order to restore a binary relationship between feminism and non-feminism, Levy recasts this sex positive feminism as a new form of (fe)male chauvinism....   [tags: Feminism]

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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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Legacy and Respect: The Usefulness of Feminism

- Legacy and Respect: The Usefulness of Feminism In a letter to students who participate in Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges' bi-college Feminist and Gender Studies department, Head of the Department Anne Dalke outlined an argument in favor of changing the program's name. She wrote, "Our argument for re-naming the F&GS program "Gender and Sexuality" is based on 3 claims: 1. that it will be enticing for prospective and current students and faculty, because it names their personal and intellectual interests and investments (while avoiding the word "feminism," which is off-putting to a large range of individuals) 2....   [tags: Gender Sexuality Essays]

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Riot Grrrl Movement

- In order to understand the topic that is to be discussed in this essay, one must first understand two seemingly unrelated topics. Those topics are feminism and punk rock. These two social movements spawned the love child that has come to be known as the riot grrrl movement. The history of the riot grrrl movement is deep and intensely intertwined with themes of monumental social change, musical evolution, and the previously unseen all-encompassing nature that is unique to third wave feminism. Many historians learned on the subject are of the opinion that first wave feminism originated in the 18th century with Mary Wollstonecraft’s publication titled Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792),...   [tags: Feminism]

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Feminism as Sponsored by Gatorade and Nike

- Feminism as Sponsored by Gatorade and Nike The fourth wave of feminism is here and it is based solely on physical achievement. Exercise and sport has become one of the few arenas in which female competition is welcomed and savored. Commercials feature prominent female athletes challenging males, chanting the slogan "anything you can do, I can do better." Due to a variety of factors--improved knowledge about women's health, decreased focus on child-bearing, a cultural ideal of a fit and trim body--athletic success is now an acceptable and applauded goal for women, but at what cost....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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SOPHOCLES’S ANTIGONE: A FEMINIST REPRESENTATION

- A woman who rebelled against a distinctively patriarchal, male-dominated Greek society. A woman who defied the orders of the King to follow her heart. A woman who acted in accordance with her sense of right and wrong. A woman with great reverence for relationships and an even greater allegiance towards family values. Such a woman deserves applause. A rebel. A legend. An example. A woman. Antigone. Sophocles’ Antigone has as its backdrop a very rigid and conservative Greek society and Greek culture when it was certainly against the norm of a typical ancient Greek woman to rebel against a male authority....   [tags: Antigone, Sophocles, feminism]

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Feminism as a Theory of Law

- Feminism as a Theory of Law As a concept, feminism is very much a modern notion within legal circles, which aims to eradicate any prejudice against women’s rights. This in a society strongly founded upon a male-orientated legal system, which historically fails to recognise the social and legal rights of women, and instead focuses upon “male-orientated theories and ideologies.”[1] It is this patriarchy that feminists thrive to eliminate. The essence of patriarchy is emphasised by the Marxist legal theory, developed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in the 19th Century, which places no emphasis upon gender, and consequently belittles the feminists...   [tags: Papers]

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A Feminist in the Medieval Era: Margery Kempe

- Margery Kempe did something that many people (especially women) would not dare to do- she broke away from the identity that her society had molded for her. The Book of Margery Kempe is one of the most astonishing documents found of the late medieval era and is the first autobiography to have been discovered. Margery Kempe does not shy away from telling the story of the personal and intricate details about her adventurous life. It is hard to say what influenced Kempe to go through such lengths to have her book written....   [tags: Margery Kempe, feminism, travel, ]

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Exploration Of The Failure Of Feminism

- Exploration Of The Failure Of Femininism When looking through Newsweek, the article "The Failures of Feminism" grabbed my attention, and I reacted to it strongly. My immediate response was one of defensive disgust, but the more I realized that I might actually understand and argue with the author on some points. This essay is an exploration of my own beliefs and reflection of my growth as both a writer and a person. There are many women, like Kay Ebeling, that feel that feminism has failed them, that the promises of Gloria Steinem and others remain unfulfilled, or are false altogether....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Problem of Feminism in Female Art

- The Problem of Feminism in Female Art A review of the world’s great artists conjures familiar images: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel; Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night; Pablo Picasso’s The Tragedy. There are many more, of course: Monet, Moya, Warhol, Rembrandt, Kandinsky. What is immediately noticeable, however, upon any brief study of art, is the significant absence of women as heralded artists—not only in our ancient pasts, but even today, amongst valiant efforts for gender equality. The question “Why have there been no great women artists?” has been debated since the 1970’s, when historian Linda Nochlin released her book of a similar name....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Islamic Feminism in Mohja Kahf’s Selected Poems

- Mohja Kahf, a Syrian American poet, novelist and scholar, lives in America where Muslim Arab women are described as exotic, oppressed, inferior to men, and as Evelyn Shakir says: According to popular belief, all Arab women can be divided into two categories. Either they are shadowy nonentities, swathed in black from head to foot, or they are belly dancers—seductive, provocative, and privy to exotic secrets of lovemaking. The two images, of course, are finally identical, adding up to a statement that all Arab women are, in one sense or another, men's instruments or slaves....   [tags: nonentis, belly dancers, stereotypes]

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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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Islam and Feminism in Iran: Rethinking Gender in Transgression and Resistance

- Equality and division of women activists Feminism in Iran is a term used to describe the Iranian women’s struggle for gender equalities and their resistance to patriarchy and classified private and public organizations. However, the term is wrongly used and misinterpreted by both the followers of the women’s rights movement and their adversaries, Islamic feminists. Much of the misunderstanding takes place simply because the term feminism does not have a Farsi equivalent and is extensively exercised as a Western meaning in Farsi that is understood as sexism, a discrimination or devaluation based on a person's sex....   [tags: equality and division of women activists]

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Feminism: The Civil Rights Movement and Women's Rigths

- Change in America is uncommon, definitely when relating with women’s rights. Women’s rights seem to be a war already won (Hass); however what Americans do not realize is the war is nowhere near close to being over. ‘“Americans would want change once they learn of gender inequalities such as unequal pay”’ (Tran). Unequal pay is just one of the problems dealing with inequality. Feminism could fix these problems. Feminism has changed America small amounts at a time. As years go by, feminism continues to change American society and the way women are treated....   [tags: same rights, right to vote]

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