Feminist Issues Essays

  • Feminist Issues in The Handmaid's Tale

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    Feminist Issues in The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaids Tale, by Margaret Atwood, can be classified as a distopic novel. The Republic of Gilead in The Handmaids Tale is characteristic of a distopia in that it is not intended as a prediction of the future of our society, but rather as a commentary on current social trends. Atwood has created this nation by isolating what she might consider the disturbing aspects of two diametrically opposed factions of our society (namely the religious right and

  • Eating Disorders: A Feminist Issue

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    Eating Disorders: A Feminist Issue What is a feminist approach to understanding eating disorders? Not all feminists have the same understanding of eating disorders. There are many different theories that are prevalent in feminist literature today. This web page will explore some of the different feminist perspectives about the cause of eating disorders in our culture. Power Control and obedience In her book Unbearable Weight, Susan Bordo (1993) makes the argument that the fear of women's

  • Comparing Feminism in Frankenstein and Dracula

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    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

  • Portrait of a Lady - From Novel to Film

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    for celebrating marriage, the idea that women cannot survive without a man at the center of their lives (Hoeveler 110, 114). Second, she asserts that while Campion toys with feminist issues and images, Piano is Aromantic and escapist, with Ada's decision to be reborn with Baines a step hardly worthy of the serious feminist issues that Campion seems to be raising in the film (Hoeveler 114). Finally, she points out that Campion is heavily indebted to a 1920s work, The Story of a New Zealand River by Jane

  • Revolution Girl-style Now!

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    yourself”, creating a culture of their own when they see that the mainstream media does not reflect their concerns or provide outlets for their efforts. Riot Grrrl is a supportive environment for girls and young women which is concerned with feminist issues such as rape, abortion rights, bulimia/anorexia, sexism, sexuality, double standards, self-defense, fat oppression, classism, and racism. Riot Grrrl is a network of fanzines that are produced by the angry “girl revolutionaries” who identify with

  • Analysis Of Fat Is A Feminist Issue

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    “Fat is a Feminist Issue” Susie Orbach’s story, “Fat is a Feminist Issue,” is a story that myself and many other, young and old women alike, can relate to. It seems that every channel we listen to or watch, has something to do with dieting, exercising, and having procedures to eliminate being fat. There are so many different claims of pills that will help us to lose weight and even will just cause the weight to drop-off without any changes in diet or exercise. It makes one confused to attempt

  • Feminist Ideals in Woman on the Edge of Time

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    Feminist Ideals in Woman on the Edge of Time Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time is a dichotomy of two worlds: one utopic and one distopic. Although the world of the future is utopic in many senses, e.g. Marxist, environmentalist, etc., Piercy seems to especially focus on feminist issues. The two main characters, Connie and Luciente, are both women, and are both products of their respective societies. It is through these two characters that Piercy reveals not only extrinsic societal features

  • Feminist Issues In The Yellow Wallpaper

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    Feminist and socialist issues are imperative for progressive thinking and actions in today’s society. These issues were particularly new and diverse within the 19th and 20th century, when men were more in control of woman and women were required to fulfill specific roles. Most notably, writer, Charlotte Perkins Gilman became very active on these issues personally and incorporated them in her stories. One story in particular is The Yellow Wallpaper, where she brilliantly associates real life depictions

  • Fat Is A Feminist Issue Summary

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    In Susie Orbach's "Fat is a Feminist Issue" she claims, that "to get a man, a woman has to learn to regard herself as an item, a commodity, a sex object" (450). This implies that women are just on the earth to please the male population. She most likely feels this way because in every

  • Is Fat Really A Feminist Issue Analysis

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    Is Fat really a Feminist Issue? In the article, “Fat Is a Feminist Issue” in They Say I Say, Susie Or Bach claims that women in America are viewing themselves as overweight, and they must have a feminist perspective rather than to blame others for their “failure… to control their weight, control their appetites and control their impulse: ( 449). She also explains her view on the obesity issue with women in the United States. Or Bach demonstrates that most women are seen as beautiful only if they

  • Feminist Issues In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein '

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    Professor D. Kaloustian English 302 5 May 2017 Feminist Issues in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a sci-fi pioneer that weaves a cautionary tale warning of the repercussions of human curiosity. More specifically, the woman’s place in her narrative reveals that the fate of the feminine kind is left up to the meddling males that alter their universe. Peculiar is the fact that Shelley’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, was a feminist, and therefore should have imparted her beliefs

  • Feminist Issues in Katherine Anne Porter

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    Feminist Issues in Katherine Anne Porter Historically women have been considered intellectually inferior to men and also a source of temptation and evil. Women have also been considered naturally weaker than men, squeamish, and unable to perform work requiring muscular or intellectual development. In most early societies, and up until fairly recently, domestic chores were relegated to women, leaving heavier labor such as hunting, plowing, and careers outside of the home to men. Maternity was

  • Feminist And Government Control Issues In The Handmaid's Tale

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    Margaret Atwood’s Novel The Handmaid’s Tale thoroughly depicts feminist and government control issues. Atwood’s intent is to warn society about the dangers surrounding such issues in order to prevent a world like Gilead. Gilead is an anti-feminist society in which women have been oppressed for the sole reason of reproduction necessities and for the infertile women, they also have been deprived from any vocal expression or any textual knowledge in order to maintain power within the males and the regime;

  • Misguided Feminist Reaction to A Streetcar Named Desire

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    Misguided Feminist Reaction to A Streetcar Named Desire The dramatic climax of A Streetcar Named Desire, clearly illustrates the mastery of author Tennessee Williams. The brilliantly constructed text, with its tragic story and enticing characters, propels the reader to a point in which he becomes emotionally involved in the dynamics of Williams’ world. Unfortunately, many feminists are negatively affected by Williams’ captivating writing style. In turn, feminists have developed an array of very

  • Feminists vs. Playboy Playmates

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    Feminists vs. Playboy Playmates Naked women have been in the front of feminist's minds for several decades. Especially when they are pictured in soft-pornography magazine Playboy. Feminists for years have been yelling that Playboy is harmful to both men and women. Males around the country have countered that there is nothing wrong with their Playboy, it is merely a harmless vice. The problem I see with Playboy is not that it demeans women or subjugates them, and its not that it leads to

  • The Difficulty with Defining Feminism

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    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

  • Shifting the Medical Gaze: Towards a Feminist Ethic of Childbirth

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    Shifting the Medical Gaze: Towards a Feminist Ethic of Childbirth The term "reproductive rights" has become synonymous with abortion rights, birth control access, and issues surrounding reproductive technologies, yet the struggle for a woman's right to choose when and how to become pregnant often overshadows a woman's right to choose where and how to give birth. The lack of feminist discourse and activism surrounding issues of childbirth may attest to the hegemony in the modern American birth

  • Feminist Theory

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    relations between genders and how both male and female become classified as distinct groups rather than a team united as one. The preceding was what feminists and historians want us believe, however, this is not always the case and quite possibly, it has never been the case. For some reason feminism became an international phenomenon. The feminist theory is fairly comparable to this explanation and determinedly claims that the basic structure of society is patriarchal, or male-dominated. The purpose

  • The Political, Feminist, and Religious view of Frances E.W. Harper, Phllis Wheatley, and Alice Dunbar-Nelson

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    The Political, Feminist, and Religious view of Frances E.W. Harper, Phllis Wheatley, and Alice Dunbar-Nelson Phillis Wheatley, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and Francis E. W. Harper were all groundbreaking and poignant authors whose works have remained influential throughout time. Feminism, politics, and religion are three aspects evident in their personal lives an d literature. Wheatley was considered a feminist icon because she was the first published African American female poet. However, her writing

  • Some Problems With Ecofeminism

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    ecofeminist position that people are wrong in dominating nature as a whole or in part (individual animals, species, ecosystems, mountains), for the same reason that subordinating women to the will and purposes of men is wrong. She claims that all feminists must object to both types of domination because both are expressions of the same "logic of domination." Yet, problems arise with her claim of twin dominations. The enlightenment tradition gave rise to influential versions of feminism and provided