Both texts ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and ‘The Bloody Chamber’ were written during the second wave of feminism which centralised the issue of ownership over women’s sexuality and reproductive rights and as a result, the oral contraceptive was created. As powerfully stated by Ariel Levy, ‘If we are really going to be sexually liberated, we need to make room for a range of options as wide as the variety of human desire.’ Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter both celebrate female sexuality as empowering to challenge the constraints of social pressure on attitudes of women. Both writers aim to expose the impact of patriarchy as it represses female sexual desire and aim to control it thus challenge contemporary perspectives of women by revealing the oppression
Intersectionality has become the latest feminist “buzzword” as it comes to the discussion of pop culture, politics or academia. the article “Intersectionality” by The Washington Post, tells us how the term intersectionality was initially used to describe how race and gender could bisect as the forms of oppression. However, now the term is used to trace how different forms of discrimination overlap and relate. It also describes how important is it for feminists to consider women from diverse backgrounds when advocating for social causes. This term encompasses numerous social factors such as sexual orientation, disability, class and nationality.
Could it perhaps be attributed to media agendas and the portrayal and representation of women in the media? Pelosi is an identified feminist, and has been a consistent voice in speaking out against the sexist framework that invalidates women’s importance and visibility when holding positions of power. Pelosi has reported being caught in the double bind that is all too familiar to women in politics and corporations (Spring, 2012). The media tends to report on women based on a masculine standard or expectation. When a woman of power meets these standards, she is portrayed as frigid or butch, while if she fails to meet masculine expectations, she is portrayed as weak, too feminine, and not good enough for the
Emma Watson’s speech at the United Nations, launching the HeForShe campaign, challenges her audience’s views on feminism. The speech captures the misconceptions of men and feminism through a range of effective language techniques. Watson appeals to her audience, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, by implementing these techniques to confront the value system of her audience, their views and encourage their involvement with the movement. Feminism is a topical issue within modern-day society, involving political and social movements to achieve rights for women that are equal to those of men. Watson, an influential actress and advocate for women’s rights, was appointed U.N. Women’s Goodwill Ambassador leading up to her speech
◦The ideas of what denotes anti feminism and gynocentric misogyny have been argued throughout time with countless definitions and speculative concerns ◦we can connect this as far back as the 19th century with the first wave of feminism and again in the 1960s with the second wave. ◾This serves to be a Genesis for resounding plot within The Handmaids Tale ◦Margaret Atwood, a strong feminist activist outside of her stories, comes to the conclusion that having power over oneself, not necessarily over men, is key; this idea that women choosing to behave as they should will be met with adversity--that sisterhood is power. ◦what arises in the handmaid 's tale is this very apparent social gradient, a disunity between the women within their subgroup, that serves to control them and inevitably destroy female solidarity •“Then and Now” •~coloring piece of the background~ ◦ The first section pertains the pre Gilead society compared to as the novel is told. Through periodical flashbacks, we are given insight into how the society was before the book
Contemporary feminism has undergone deep changes and has been extended in a variety of directions in miscellaneous fields of study engaging with psychology, Marxism, ethnic and cultural studies, post-structuralism, etc. The frustration of proliferation, according to Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan in their introductory note to Feminism in the book Literary Theory: An Anthology (2002) can be construed as pains of progress necessary to be made if we want to transcend the borders of a circumscribed definition of woman as the subject of study in early feminism. The concept of female experience in a male-dominant world was first introduced as a resistence to the immutable and stabilized representation of women whose concerns have been treated peripheral
Feminism is a discourse that involves various movements, theories and philosophies which are concerned with the issue of gender difference; it also advocates equality for women and campaigns for women’s rights and interests. Feminist theory is associated with the analysis and explanation of women’s subordinate social situation. It seeks to analyze the condition which shapes women’s lives and to explore cultural perception of what it means to be a woman. In the early twentieth century there were some important feminist thinkers: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), Simone de Beauvoir (1908-86) and Betty Friedan (1921-2006). Like them Rokeya also appeared as a strong voice of feminism.
Feminism is defined as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. Chosen as 2017’s “Word of the Year” by Merriam-Webster, feminism is a topic that has sparked many debates and discussions. Women, in particular, have been fighting for equality for centuries. Until recently, women were viewed as men’s property and were denied certain rights and freedoms. Feminists around the world turned to literature to advance their perspectives.
“We Can Do It!” -- Such are the words that symbolize the spirit of the feminist cause. The modern women’s movement stemming from the post-World War Two era idea of female individuality originates from the first wave feminist movement of the Nineteenth Century, which concerns the suffrage movement and women’s rights. The movement, from its inception to now, aims to confront issues experienced by women, such as the evident discrepancy between the wages of males and females, medical rights, and further issues that women have dealt with. Albeit being a movement with an honest pursuit, its critics have subjected it to scrutiny and have even considered it to have lost sight of its own politics. Its opponents have even suggested that feminist rhetoric condemns the opposite sex to the extent of gender antagonism (Young).
The theory focuses on explaining why women are oppressed and highlights ways states can be deconstructed to equally represent women nationally and internationally. First of all, it is essential to establish the understanding that Feminist theory is constructed from what is known as core international relations feminism, and the four-variant feminist international relations: liberal feminism, critical feminism, postcolonial feminism, and post-structural feminism, these theories branches off of the core theory. Each theory applies a different understanding to how feminism might be applied to certain fields and situations; like how feminism might be applied to an international situation like the Arab Spring. Therefore, understanding core feminist theory is essential to understanding feminism as a whole. As well, majority of the current international relation theories are masculine in nature, feminism is a political tool that struggles to free all women from the oppressive nature of patriarchy.
The easiest way to not see something, he says, is when you look at it through someone else’s perspective, or in other words a symbolic complex. In a way, you surrender your original thoughts and opinions to conform to the way of thinking that is most generally accepted. He points out that in order to have a genuine experience or discovery, you have to approach the subject from a standpoint of ignorance. If you have a frame of reference in mind then you tend to only see it from that point of view, and you lose out your own opinions. In the attempt to try to evaluate your experience “correctly” or perhaps how an expert would do it, you invalidate your own thoughts or just ignore them
In Iron Jawed Angels I was able to more deeply explore the complications and conflicts that women have faced to be seen as equals. Alice Paul and Lucy Burns overcome great obstacles to complete their most passionate goal. Their goal was to help women gain independence and acquire the right to vote in a male dominated society. Gender was and still is today a very controversial term. Woman’s suffrage was and still is today a huge issue in the world.
If the point of these activist movements is to bring women closer together, Reger makes me wonder if these movements are doing the opposite. Although they do partially bring women together over the issues of men, and being oppressed they also can pit women against each other without even meaning to. The idea that “Slut Walks” are keeping feminism alive, is also a riveting point brought up by Reger when she says “While many claim that feminism is done and gone (see Reger 2012c) the existence and emergence of the
Songs like Or Nah provide a stark example of issues which western society faces today, in particular, the objectification of women and the cultural obsession with gaining power and money. Despite there being a “clean” version of this song available, the subject matter within is definitely geared towards a mature audience, being rife with aggressively sexual content—connotations, suggestions, and favors all stated with the intent to coerce females into sexual situations. In spite of the explicit language and demeaning presentation of women, the song is highly viewed on YouTube and popular among teenagers and college-aged adults ("Ty Dolla $ign - Or Nah ft. The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa & DJ