Gender And Feminism Analysis

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FCDA scholars see gender as socially and individually constructed and it interacts with other aspects of identity – such as ethnicity, age, class, sexual identity – and with power relations, thus gender is not discursively enacted in the same way for women and men everywhere (Lazar 2005:10; Sunderland and Litosseliti 2002:15 as cited in Lehtonen, 2007). Butler’s theory of performativity which states that gender is not natural instead constructed socially is provides the ground for understanding the social function of language in constructing gender. Thus the focus on empirical studies, and the ways in which gender is actually constructed in authentic texts and situations (Lazar 2005:12-13; Sunderland and Litosseliti 2002:27, as cited in Lehtonen, 2007)) forms the major area of gender and discourse.
Understanding Feminism in the Indian context
Feminisim is the realization of the subordinate position of women and the relating social injustice and inequalities faced by women in the socio cultural political and economic contexts. Feminisim demands towards towards eliminating the inequalites and social injustices towards a gender equal society. As Byerly & Ross (2006) state, the words feminist and feminism refere to women’s liberation movements since 1970s that have been aimed at securing women’s right to participate in their societies, including the ability to enter into publi deliberation, institution building, and other processes associated with citizenship. Feminism in India
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