Feminism In The 20th Century

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The term feminism is considered a controversial issue once it may be impossible to give it an accurate definition . This definition will be better or further defined as claimed by its historical origins and development . The term feminism originated from the French word “ feminisme” made up by the utopian socialist Charles Fourier . In 1890s , the term was first used in English in association with the movement for equal political and legal rights for women . The term feminism was pinned down through three waves of feminist thought and activity : a. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries , the fundamental focus was to gain the women’s legal rights , political and their right to vote in political elections . b. In the 1960s and…show more content…
However, women of other races have proposed alternative feminisms , and women in former European colonies and the Third World have nominated alternative “ post-colonial “ and “ Third World “ feminisms . Still the term “feminism “ is misunderstood and divergent . Mary Bucholtz defines feminism as a diverse and sometimes conflicting set of theoretical , methodological , and political perspectives that have in common a commitment to understanding and challenging social inequalities related to gender and sexuality It is obvious that there is no unified feminist theoretical , methodological , or political perspective . Yet , although the robust debates between different definitions of feminism , they share one issue which is social inequality…show more content…
Starting from the ‘ second wave ‘ of the Women’s Movement which was known as the Women’s Liberation Movement ( WLV ) – began in the late 1960s and the 1970s – was a time of feminist protest in many Western countries . Women at that time were entailing situated notions such as “ being anti-men “ and “ gender equality “ have been taken on board by aid agencies and organizations . Language was a particular characteristic and target of Western women’s movements . There were various women who used strong and forceful language to reflect their thoughts such as the American feminist Robin Morgan ( 1968 ) while stating that “ The very semantics of the language reflect [ women’s] condition . We do not have our own names , but bear that of the father until exchange it for that of the husband” ( 1977:106) . Also , Emily Toth who was railing against “ one-man tents “ , and Germaine Greer (1972) has noticed that how “ terms of endearment “ for women are also terms for food like ‘ honey’ and ‘ sweetie ‘ . The English language was said to ‘define , degrade and stereotype ‘ women as through some lexical items such as ‘ Mrs/ Miss ‘ , ‘ son-of-a-bitch’ and ‘manageress’ , and through ‘ generics’ ‘ he’ and ‘ man ‘

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