Postfeminism Vs Postmodernism

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With the ushering in of Postmodernism, America 's consciousness over sociocultural issues has become deeply divided between the traditional ideals of the past, and the mindset of the future. In a sense, this limbo has caused tension for the adoption of postmodern ideals—to some, the air of Modernism still lingers like the odor from putrid trash. Consequently, the principles of Modernism 's First and Second Wave Feminism have more or less been altered to the point of being unrecognizable in what is being called today as Third Wave Feminism or Postfeminism. The interaction between the movements is often likened to being like a relay race where each generation passes on the baton to the next. However, this is not an accurate depiction of what…show more content…
In doing so, they gradually become removed from the mission of their predecessors—therefore, calling into question the effectiveness of feminism in today 's world. Although the ideology of feminism has incited positive social changes in the United States during the twentieth century, contemporary times call for the adoption of gender egalitarianism as a platform to encourage equality for all; especially in the workplace. Unlike feminism, gender egalitarianism works to seek equality for both genders instead of creating a game of tug-of-war where males are on side and females are on the other. A study conducted by the GLOBE Research Project found that societies with high gender egalitarianism saw less sex segregation in the work place, as well as more opportunities for both male and females to achieve similar education levels. Conversely, the characteristics of societies with low gender egalitarianism include disparities between genders in occupation and education.…show more content…
However, the issues and complications surrounding the problem are not as black and white as the media would like it to appear to be. Regardless of this, there are many theories explaining why women are paid less than their male counterparts. As a bit of background, women account for about half of all managerial positions, but only 17 percent are in CEO or executive positions. Because of this, many question whether or not a “glass ceiling” is created for the potential that a woman can reach in her career, and therefore effecting the numbers. If more men are in higher paying jobs, then naturally the statistics are going to be skewed in favor of the them. Although this may be true, this still does not account for the fact that women overall work less for numerous reasons: including un-paid maternity leave and taking more sick/parental absences than men. Yet still, on average, women are being paid 77 cents for every dollar that men make for the same job. (Johnson) Albeit these, with all considerations taken, the fact of the matter is that there still remains an inexplicable gap of about seven percent. (Corbett,
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