Such type of women who use misandry as a tool for feminism, go against the very idea of what feminism stood for and stands for i.e., achieving egalitarianism by letting women work alongside men and by empowering women so that they could be equal to men in every aspect. Some sections of feminists seem to think that the world would be a better place if matriarchy replaces patriarchy, and if they could be dominant instead of men. It’s the extremist thinking which has made feminism look like a conspiracy or a man hating cult which wants to replace patriarchy with matriarchy instead of striving for equality between men and women. The problem arises when some women start hating men as a whole, and want to be the dominant sex or when women are ridiculed by women for their choice of relationships like marriage and when they criticize women for wanting to stay at home instead of working. Furthermore, when feminists choose to blame all men instead of the few, just because they have been oppressed or offended by some, they are being sexist as sexism means, discrimination based on sex or gender, or the belief that men are superior to women and thus discrimination is
So it is not wrong to say that there are some parallels between the two theories. The inevitable goal of this encounter between feminism and postmodernism is to provide a perspective that integrates the strengths of each other, while mutually eliminating their weaknesses. This indicates that postmodern feminism may be possible Feminism focuses on the problem that women are crushed and subordinated in patriarchal / patriarchal societies as women 's exploitation. It is believed that the female perspective and the glorification of the woman will solve this problem of
3. Luisa as a Character The second-wave of feminism arose in the 1960s and 1970s in Western societies (Kroløkke and Sørensen 7). It aimed to draw attention to various issues women faced, such as, the dissatisfaction with the traditional roles of women as housewives and mothers as well as the discrimination and harassment of women based on sex (Nicholson 1-2). Within the movement, different branches of feminism arose that took different approaches to aim to improve the situation of women (Nicholson 3). Two of these branches are the liberal and the radical femi-nist movement: Liberal feminists believed men and women to be the same and aimed to eliminate inequalities of men and women in the public sphere (Nicholson 3).
FEMINIST THEORY INTRODUCTION DEFINITION OF TERMS FEMINIST THEORY According to (Robbins etal, 2012)Feminist theory can be defined as a mode of analysis involving specific ways of thinking aimed at abolishing oppression of women in societies . It is the idea that men and women should be equal in society that is socially politically and economically. Feminism can also be seen as both an activist movement and a body of ideas that outline the nedd for positive transformation of society such that their rights are protected. (Mekgwe, 2008) SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE FEMINIST TEHORIES Theories of gender difference; these explore how different men are from women in terms of how they think and relate looking ate themselves and their surroundings. They say that men have different values, interests, how they acquire knowledge.
Judith Butler is an American philosopher and feminist who in her book Gender Trouble: Feminism and the subversion of identity, explore the idea whether we are assigned our gender or do we perform it based on what values we have learnt. She seeks to radically reconceptualize, challenge and help alter our ideas on how we understand gender and sex. She starts off by saying that existing feminist movement are limited in how they define gender. She says that this definition is outdated but still reflected by the world’s treatment of gender as a set of binary categories, this means that when we are born we are distinctively placed into one of the two categories i.e. male of female and these categories define how we behave.
A few themes that are shown in these poems include feminism and social standards of women, self-strengthening and transformation. Defying social standards on women is a common theme that can be easily identified in Duffy’s work. Modern standards of achieving the ideal body figure can also be seen in addition to the traditional idea of women being submissive and obedient to men. Emphasis is placed on feminist ideas of defying such suppression and rejecting such social ideas on women. In Thetis, suppression and degradation are shown through the use of metaphors.
Gill and Sellers say that feminist literary criticism’s approach involves identifying with female characters in order to challenge any male centred outlook. It aims at resisting traditional assumptions of gender (3). In doing so, feminist literary criticism examines how works of literature perpetuate or challenge patriarchal attitudes. In feminism lens, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins’ presents itself as a pro-feminist series It challenges gender stereotypes by presenting a female protagonist; Katniss Everdeen. The book has successfully challenged gender stereotypes by showing that men and women are equal.
Its opponents have even suggested that feminist rhetoric condemns the opposite sex to the extent of gender antagonism (Young). In light of both the altruistic progressivism and the criticized status surrounding the contemporary women’s movement, the progress made through centuries of perseverance overall suggests that the movement intends to better and help the status of women in society. Now a movement based around securing the franchise of women, contemporary feminism initially spawned to uphold the rights of women before they were legally acknowledged. The spirit of the movement established itself at this initial point, a “gathering devoted to women’s rights” (“The Women 's Rights Movement, 1848-1920”). As such, in commitment to its original form, the contemporary movement reflects
Women right activist groups today, however, are very politically alienated as compared to the 1960s. Feminists emphasized, and continue to emphasize, that gender roles are social constructions that amount to a system of oppression. Feminists argued for equality, both political and social, for women, as well as fundamental changes in their roles in the home. The questions raised about gender also paved the way for entirely new movements, such as the movement for gay rights. Some of the issues taking frontline in discussions for women rights in mainstream Western societies today include reproductive rights, pay equality, and equality of educational
First, “reflect the importance of separateness in men’s lives and of connectedness in women’s lives” and second, “serve to empower men and disempower women in a patriarchal society” (Tong, 2009, Pg. 154). In the text, Tong lists off several values and virtues that are traditionally associated with men and women. For women, the traditional values and virtues that are; gentleness, modesty, humility, supportiveness, empathy, compassion, tenderness, nurturance, intuitiveness, sensitivity, and unselfishness. For men, the traditional values and virtues that are; strength of will, ambition, courage, independence, assertiveness, hardiness, rationality, and emotional control (2009, Pg.