In Judith Butler’s essay,” Beside Oneself: On the Limits of Sexual Autonomy,” she attempts to clarify what is considered human and what defines a human, and how it applies to the different gender roles and human rights. The difficulty that this essay presents, however, is its ambiguity – the fact that she fails to clearly identify what a human is and sort of challenges the readers to look within themselves to search for their own interpretation of what they believe gives them their own moral rights and human integrity. Human integrity is a word that can easily be defined when searched for in any dictionary database. “LawCookies.com” defines it as, “the human right to live without being physically harmed or harassed by others. No one can touch,
Anthem Ayn Rand’s strong opinion of individualism is exaggerated in a most extreme way in her world famous novel Anthem. Her book focuses on “we” rather than “I,” and about the community rather than the individuals. She magnifies communism to every possible extremity. Though her book may only be an extended hyperbole, Rand’s idea was quite faulty. She should not have distorted reality to that point because it is unreasonable to believe that the world could give up the following essential values in life.
Hannah Arendt once said, “There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous”. This quote really helps to grasp the harsh reality of the world Arendt went through because it captures the essence of the fierce criticism she faced. Arendt was a thinker, but her thinking was different which led her to become the face of huge controversy not only in the local community, but among her own people. Arendt’s major focus in her book Eichmann of Jerusalem revolves around a famous concept of hers, the “banality of evil”. The “banality of evil” lies in Hannah Arendt’s belief that Eichmann was not thinking and was merely following the commands of his superior.
Summary of Primary Source Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s central claim in this primary source is about women’s rights in the United States. Stanton wrote the “Declaration of Sentiments” which was model after the Declaration of Independence. In this primary source, she stands against the government that has led women to suffer under it and declares that under the constitution it is their job to disregard that type of government and demand for a new administration that pursuits “safety and happiness”. Stanton goes on to explain how man has always towered over women and provides evidence to support her argument. She explains how women are not allowed to vote, have to follow the laws without being properly represented, and criticizes how suppressed
Boyd goes on to argue that black women who faced joblessness and resource disadvantage were no doubt motivated by their desperate circumstance to become independently employed. He does not do a good job of crediting the responsibility of the black woman as Mae C. King did in”Oppression and Power: The Unique Status of the Black Woman in the American Political System.” King mentioned the social structure of the political system unlike the Boyd. The method Boyd used in this article is loading the article with information that pertains to the topic instead of expounding on why the labor movement motivated black women to work for themselves. He made sure the outlined the different
Dr. Seuss said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” He is saying that one should not care what others negatively think about them because it is irrelevant to the significance of their life. Civil-Disobedience and Walden by Henry David Thoreau, and Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson also give advice on how to make life as meaningful as possible. These pieces of literature all present diverse ways of creating a meaningful existence. Thoreau and Emerson express their opinions about creating a purposeful life through Civil-Disobedience, Self-Reliance, and Walden. In Civil-Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau advises his audience to follow what they think is right, no matter the consequences.
The word freedom itself has different synonyms there’s independence, self-government, self-determination, self-rule, democracy, these words mean the same thing “the power/right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint, but too much freedom has its limits. You can’t break the law to have freedom, people might disagree to that statement and say “Harriet Tubman broke the law to be free”, but you have think in that time Harriet Tubman was not thinking about the law, in mind she didn’t think the she was breaking the law; yes she was scared that she might get caught all she thought was she was doing the right thing for herself and her family. We kids now use the word “freedom” in the wrong way. We use it in a way where
However, despite their aggressive action for reform, women were frequently hindered as their rights were stripped and their positions were taken for granted. African American women were bound to the institution of slavery, which continued to prevail as a prominent condition of society as the colonies entered the Civil War. Married white women were bound to their husbands by colonial law; their treatment was more humane than African American women, but their rights were still limited by the system. Between the 18th century and the 19th century, the ideology of American womanhood experienced changes which would become crucial to the founding and expansion of the Women’s Rights Movement beginning in 1848.
After years of suffering from persecution, discrimination, and institutionalized racism due to Jim Crow laws, black people all around America engaged in a social and cultural movement entitled ‘The Harlem Renaissance.’ Author Zora Neale Hurston wrote the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, about the Harlem Renaissance while promoting feminist ideas. Although the Harlem Renaissance was a social and cultural movement, the Harlem Renaissance still promoted traditional gender roles for women, which is reflected by Nanny’s wishes for Janie and departs with Janie’s want of freedom. In the Harlem Renaissance, women were not as respected as men, especially in the arts. Looking in retrospect, many critics highly value women of color’s writing during
All of this to say, the struggles these women endeavored made it possible for the women in modern society to be regarded as sagacious and independent. Women such as Jane Addams and Margaret Sanger were the passionate and determined advocators that realized what it meant to persist equality. Moreover, such activists saw African Americans gain their freedom with the thirteenth and fifteenth amendments; thus, sparking a flame of feminism. It was these women who apprehended equality will never be easily obtained, and yet they fought obstinately. The nineteenth amendment might not have been welcomed nor efficient soon after; however, without it, women would not have traveled to space, hold government positions, nor demonstrated to young girls that they have a bright future as a woman.