Feminism In Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In

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Feminism is certainly not a new word that has suddenly popped up with Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In. It is a concept that has been trailing on for decades. According to Sandberg, feminism is the equality between men and women such that there is advancement of women’s’ rights and their societal position so as to even the playing field for both genders. However, Bell Hooks argues that this description is too simple and was long ago challenged by visionary feminist thinkers, in particular women of color. “These thinkers insisted that everyone acknowledge and understand the myriad ways race, class, sexuality, and many other aspects of identity and difference make explicit that was never and is no simple homogenous gendered identity that we could call women struggling to be equal with men” (Hooks and Bell 673).According to Hooks and Bell, feminism is all about putting an end to sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. Bell therefore offers a more elaborate…show more content…
However, regardless of race, most men embrace patriarchal values, while equality either in the work place or at home is unheard of, and it is naive for anyone to assume that the change will come about by making the right decision as men must also choose to change their way of thinking. As someone who claims to be a feminist, it is shocking that Sandberg does not manage her own finances; rather she leaves it to her husband. It is important for women to attain financial independence, and for that to happen, they must be able to manage their own finances. A chapter in Lean In titled “You can’t have it all” is hypocritical as Sandberg seems to have it all: a high level job, good husband and children, but tells other women that they cannot do the same (Sandberg and Scovell657). On the contrary, Hooks does a very good job of dismantling Sandberg’s argument and backs up her

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