What is the impact of motherhood on feminism? Should one ever feel compromised as being a feminist and a mother? These are some of the questions answered over the course of five chapters throughout this book. Motherhood and Feminism highlights women’s place they have in society as mothers and how feminism is related to motherhood. One major key point I found while reading this book is the author, Amber Kinser explains the growth
It seemed as if all the elements had conspired to impel me to some onward step. I could not see what to do or where to begin—my only thought was a public meeting for protest and discussion." This evidence explains that she wanted to try for the women and start small by still express her ideas at the meeting. Elizabeth Cady Stanton found herself with everyday women who didn’t really have the same power she has and she knew she had to do something. She also saw the unjust laws like in the Declaration of Independence how women and men are created equal and that wasn’t followed.
Friedan was an author, an activist, and the first president of the National Organization for Women. The National Organization for Women aimed to promote women 's ideas, eliminate discrimination, and protect the equal rights of women in all aspects of life. Friedan ignited the second wave of American feminism by writing The Feminine Mystique. Friedan 's audience would most likely be women who want their rights and are annoyed with the housewife role. In her article, "The Importance of Work," Friedan uses several means of persuasion and different types of rhetorical strategies to describe the change in human identity.
A sullen tone is maintained throughout this chapter as Mairs describes the society 's standards for women leaving the readers a choice on how they feel about these standards. By using logos in her essay’s, Mairs is able to further describe the effects of standards have on women, including herself by stating in her quote, she’s spent most of her life suffering from not meeting the standards set for her. The use of short and long sentences in her essays help the rhythmic flow describe what it’s really feel like to fall short of standards people have set for
Readers have had the awareness that the conflict Ashley is going through is the absence of her mother, but from this quote readers are sure that the separation between Ashley and her mother is the conflict. Readers get a better understanding of the conflict with the literary tool, symbolism to convey to the reader the conflict.
Women during Edna’s time were supposed to be dedicated to their husbands and children, however, Edna yearned for her own independence, and as a result of wanting her own independence Edna knew that she was seen as a terrible person. For instance Edna wanted to “…try to determine what character of a woman I am; for, candidly, I don't know. By all the codes which I am acquainted with, I am a devilishly wicked specimen of the sex. But some way I can't convince myself that I am. I must think about it" (27.4).
Though she dresses her daughter is extravagant clothing, for herself she dresses in in text about what she wears. Hester undergoes a transformation in the story, that emphasized how society had impacted her, and perhaps to have the constant reminder of truth, another theme of the story. Again, she lives the simple life of a transcendentalist who does not take more than what is necessary. Hester Prynne is a transcendentalist because she demonstrates the qualities non-conformity, self-reliance, and simplicity throughout the book. Being exiled by society, she then has the opportunity to fully come into her own.
Women in the United States are forced to accept the stigma that they must bear children. This idea can be daunting for many women. “I was afraid I would be an awful mother” (137) states Levy. Having insecurities about childbearing has become increasingly taboo to discuss, for it is seen to be a women’s job by many. Levy is able to empower women by voicing her own anxieties and she gives them the ability to connect with some who feels the same.
If a woman used her voice to demand respect, most people would stop disrespectful behavior. However, some women do not know how to respect themselves. Therefore, they allow people to treat them disrespectfully. The tragedy of sexism is a twofold problem. The way society views women and the way a woman represents herself.
Due to the fact that she is a woman, Burkett is rather sensitive towards how people characterize her gender and makes the reader feel sympathy and she says, “I have fought for many of my 68 years against efforts to put women — our brains, our hearts, our bodies, even our moods — into tidy boxes, to reduce us to hoary stereotypes.” Burkett has spent a large portion of her life putting effort into how others viewed women and the transgender community is putting all of her effort to waste. Also, Burkett says, “The ‘I was born in the wrong body’ rhetoric favored by other trans people doesn’t work any better and is just as offensive, reducing us to our collective breasts and vaginas.” Burkett is conveying her feelings towards the transgenders’ excuses saying that although they claim that they have always been a woman on the inside, they are not entitled to calling themselves as such because they haven’t faced the difficulties that women who have always been a woman