Thus, I believe that feminism is a poorly made masquerade to cover women’s desire to control men. No one can deny that it was necessary for people like Betty Friedan in the ’50s and Gloria Steinem in the ’60’s. ( Olson, Marie “Finding our way” Aug 2017)Their movements were necessary for women to achieve equality amongst all people. But feminists won’t stop at equality. They want total sovereignty over the opposite sex.
Mary Wollstonecraft was a key component in the movement of rights for women. Her philosophies on equality were a precursor for women around the world who would join together and fight back against the injustice they faced due to their gender. Wollstonecraft promoted her ideals during the middle of the 18th century at a point in time where rights for women were non-existent and she lived her whole life without any true rights of her own. Years after her death, her values were continued by women who were trying to gain the right the vote. The fight for the rights of women has continued since then and still continues in modern feminist movements.
'See what Mr. Oscar Browning says, ' he would say; and there was not only Mr. Oscar Browning … there was an enormous body of masculine opinion to the effect that nothing could be expected of women intellectually” (Woolf 528). The quote provides a statement: masculine opinion alleged women to be intellectually inferior. This is not fact, just opinion. Having never broken the boundaries of male belief, women could not excel, as the patriarchal way of thinking forbid this. I see this as a matter of difference, and since Anna Quindlen is well versed in female-male relations, being a wife and mother to two boys, her view is studied.
Females frantically finding all of society 's faults and flaws to further fuel the fire of their burning desire for superiority - that is what the current misconception of feminism is, and the reality could not be further from the truth. According to the Oxford Dictionary, feminism is "the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of the equality of the sexes." The word feminism used to bring about feelings of power and strength, as well as signifying the struggle that feminists have been through ever since the 1800s. Now, just the sound of it is enough to send shivers down the spine of anyone who is opposed to the cause, as if the word itself is a deadly infection. Frankly, I find it impossible to understand why people - women especially - wouldn 't believe in and support this movement that still has so far to go and so much to achieve because, as Maya Angelou said; "I 've been a female for a long time now.
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” a quote said by Timothy leary a former male american psychologist and writer. In the early 1900’s women did not have the simple right of voting, during those times men were given all the power even if they were abusive towards women it was acceptable. Now a days women have overcome many of these obstacles, not only with the right to vote but by having one of the biggest names in history are women. Everyone thinks that there is nothing but equal rights and everyone if given what they deserve. However there are a lot of people who are opposed to the idea of gender equality and think that it is ridiculous but it is one of the most important things to have for two main reasons.
2. The Female Role in Fairy Tales Being female is not always easy, but comparing today’s situation to ancient times, women are a requirement due to their strong abilities and positions. What were unbelievable decades ago, is the reality now. Women have full power and control to themselves, they decide which job to choose, whether to strive for a career or to be a housewife, they are chief executive officer’s, entrepreneurs, marry and divorce or even do not get married at all. Historically, issues of the female gender have been criticized for decades, women had always been fighting for their rights and freedom.
The choice to rise up and fight back against a society determined to keep women submissive and taciturn hasn’t been available to women of the past. Consequences for doing so were met with harsh punishments and personal safety was more often than not the largest factor in their calculations as they would have been imprisoned, physically abused, and even killed. Now with the right to vote, with women in governmental power positions, and so much more, women have come too far to allow themselves to be defined by anyone but themselves. To conclude, I cannot answer the question, what is woman? Woman is not the same for anyone.
Women have always been viewed and looked at as the inferiors in the human’s life systems. Even though they are essential and have proven that they can be equal and sometimes superior to their male counterparts. This was a social idea that seems to be out there since the start of time. This is mainly because of the idea of how the women were viewed and treated in the start of the civilizations, especially the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Persian, Assyrian and Greek empires. Their treatments and opinions toward women in the way they behave as mothers, workers, and wives.
Her foregrounding of feminist ideas in indigenous culture reflects, among other things, the nationalist fervour of her time. She was against the adoption of Western culture without understanding its value in a different social setting (190). She compares a person who relinquishes her own cultural belonging and houses elements of different cultures within herself with a disfigured, strange animal (Hossain, 2006 : 249). She wants women to be educated at par with men, yet at the same time does not want them to be divorced from their native cultural values. She argues that Western education and feminist ideas must be acknowledged for the good and harm they can potentially bring to the people of India (190).
Women held the expectation to only desire a marriage due to motherhood, without any urge for sexual or emotional gratification (Hughes, n.d.). With such a strict gendered society, it is not surprising that the Grimm brothers would edit out any explicit or sexual nature from their stories. If the brothers continued having sexualized stories, the tales could have been less popular as the audience of the time disapproved of sex in regards to females, especially before marriage and without the fathers permission (Hughes, n.d). Familial structure was also incredibly important to this patriarchal society, where women “in private life were subject to fathers, husbands, brothers, even adult sons” (Marsh, n.d). When a woman was to be married, it was usually to a many with money,
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a very confident, determined, and fearless woman. While many people opposed equal rights for women and abolishing slavery, she supported these things. (11) Her being a woman who was also an abolitionist and women’s rights activist in the 19th century was a dangerous and frustrating task. However, she continued to try and make a difference in society by fighting for these changes. Clearly, Elizabeth Stanton had to be confident to speak to crowds and to publish books with very bold ideas that supported women.
In one particular letter, Abigail, who was a feminist, wrote to John, "in the new Code of Laws… I desire you would Remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them… Do not put such unlimited power in the hands of the Husbands." To which John responds, "as to your extraordinary Code of Laws, I cannot but laugh." In Abigail 's letter, she was pleading with her husband to give women not only voting rights, but other rights as well. Abigail 's appeal for women 's rights revealed that women in this society were powerless, and consequently Abigail had to implore John. Moreover, John said he could not but laugh, which portrayed Abigail 's idea as outlandish.
It was because of this unfair treatment and restrictions, that women started to really question what it meant to be a women. This all lead to the Suffrage Movement. Necessary because it would make it illegal for any citizen, regardless of gender to be denied the right to vote. Not only this but, it granted that “All men and women are created equal,” and therefore have constitutional rights. The 19th Amendment was the culmination of the women 's suffrage movement.
Also, Schlafly believed that women were unhappy because of the unjust society and discrimination to them; for this reason the government needed to do something to solve these kinds of problems. Phyllis Schlafly was a very exceptional woman living in the 20th century. When she was against the women’s liberation movement, many agreed with her opinions, but some disagreed as well. The Equal Rights Amendment was an amendment that was being proposed by the government that would give equal rights to any individual regardless of their race or sex. Schlafly opposed the idea because she believed that if women were given equal rights, they would be enrolled into the military, and that same sex marriage would be legalized; of course none of these actions were correct.
She heard and acted on the government’s decision to make gay marriage legal, however his ethical obligations didn’t agree, so she acted in a way against that of what was expected of her. The never stated how she had to act, just that she do. Golden Mean by Aristotle (Johannesen, 2008, p. 4) is to do the greatest good for the greatest about of people, she was right in that she was doing what she believed and she did it without thinking of how this will change the world or just being spiteful of the couple. This isn’t something that was done once, it has happened multiple times and she will continue to do it because she believes she is ethical. And she stands her ground in her decision and