Patriarchy Analysis

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Explanation of Terms: Patriarchy: Literally the word “patriarchy” means the rule of the father, and it is generally used for describing a male-dominated society. It is used “to refer to male domination, to the power relationship by which men dominate women, and to characterize a system whereby women are kept subordinate in a number of ways” (B hasin 2006:3) Patriarchy is generally a male domination. Feminists use this term ‘patriarchy’ to describe the binary relationship between male and female. They take it as a concept that helps them to analyze the bitter realities of women’s life. Gender: Gender refers to the socially – constructed roles of male and females and relationship between men and women. Gender includes both the concept of femininity…show more content…
The term feminism has several definitions and interpretations as the theory itself varies according to its use. However the general aim of the feminism is to change the degrading position of women in literature and the real world. Robbins in her book, Literary Feminism opines that “feminism is most commonly understood as meaning the ‘advocacy of the rights of woman’ and it has to do with…show more content…
The first wave of feminism was active in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It is about the suffrage of women. The second wave was dominant in the 1960s and 1970s. It was mainly concerned with women’s liberation and advocated for their social and legal rights. the third wave started in 1990s and is still in practice. These feminist movements gave birth to feminist theory. 3rd wave Feminism: Third wave feminism started in the early 1990s.it came as a reaction against the movements of the second wave. A post-structural interpretation of gender is main concern of third wave’s ideology. Its focus is on micro –politics and challenges the second wave’s paradigm as to what is, or is not, good for females. Third wave feminists are mostly concerned with the work of Judith butler, particularly the notion of performativity. Performativity: Judith Butler in 1999, in her book “Gender Trouble” created a term “Gender Performativity” which has been used in various academic fields. She was greatly influenced by Jacqus Lacan’s Psychoanalysis , Claude Levi Strauss’ Cultural Anthropology and speech Act theory of John Searle in her understanding of performativity. All these theories explain that social reality is not a given thing but created through language, discourse and
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