Gender roles are constructed by society and attributed to women or men. In the book of vindication of the right of a woman, Wollstonecraft brings out clearly the roles of a woman in her society and how it has led to oppression of women (Wollstonecraft 22). Wollstonecraft believes that men and women are equal given the same environment and empowerment, women can do anything a man can do. In her society, education for women is only aimed at making her look pleasing to men. Women are treated as inferior being and used by men as sex objects.
All these women came from different social, economic and socio-political background. Harriet Taylor Mill was given the opportunity to lay the foundation for feminism, while hiding under her husband’s wing, she was a relatively middle to high class individual who focused on issues that women like her faced. She believed that equality was simply based on equal opportunity for both sexes simply based on skill not gender, as both could do things equally well. Gloria Feltd argued and fought for women’s reproductive rights, as she was a teenage mother herself. She just as Taylor Mill had a middle to high class background, she believed among other things that equality would come with reproductive rights for all.
When men occupy a superior position, they have the power to control women and their lives. Men determine the likelihoods of women to access opportunities, such as form of education, public facility, career, etc. The power men have over women later gives rise to gender problems between them, which is known as gender discrimination. Hosseini’s‘A Thousands Splendid Suns’ is a novel that shows the plight of women who suffer from gender discrimination in a strong patriarchal society of Afghanistan. With the feminist theory and women’s problems as the background, we are able to see that gender discrimination depicted in the novel is complex.
While women must be a part of the solution wherever there is a conflict, the existing repressive social norms branch out into institutions that should otherwise counteract it. During conflict women are among the most vulnerable groups for reasons more than just violence. There exists a covert dismissal of the females by their male counterparts which imposes an overt ideological colonialism; an abiding tussle of women against men for free sociopolitical space after traumatic experiences during conflict; and the subtle marginalization of women caused by homosociality. Even though conflicts are equally traumatic for men, they are known to affect both men and women differently. Women tend to have lesser economic, social and other resources to protect
In general, which respects to sex differences, Margaret Mead says that although many societies are different in the way that they treat men and women, every culture has some “societal” standards for each sex which distance from the biological differences (Henley and Thorne 43). It exists a global stereotype about women which is the low power they have in comparison to men in society since males tend to be more dominant and they try to have a figure of a ruler. “Women are often more supportive, polite, and expressive, talk more about home and family, and use more words implying feeling, evaluation, interpretation, and psychological state” (Adelaide Haas 616). Haas suggested four different aspects, such as, form, topic, content and use of the
A lot of things come to mind when someone mentions sexism. The main topic addressed by the populous is women’s issues, but does one truly consider the issues faced by men? Does anyone stop to think about the stereotypes that men are forced to conform to? The answer can vary based on who responds, but if one general consensus were to be reached then it would be that these sexist standards are rarely addressed, or that they simply don’t exist. Americans need to take this call to action and use it to revolutionise the unrealistic standards set for male citizens of this country.
According to the dominant social norms that derive from patriarchy and disadvantage women by default, their place is within the restricted limits of the domestic sphere and even society's expectations regarding the behavioral norms of women undermine indirectly her prospects of leaving. McKie's further comment on that is: Further, historically most societies have ascribed roles and attributes to men and women which afford men domination over women. While contemporary views may challenge these ascriptions of female roles and obligations, women express feelings of responsibility for others, and these feelings are supported by the attitudes of families, schools, workplaces and churches. (McKie
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.
Feminism Women’s rights are like waves both revealing and hiding some truths. Feminism means to remove any inequality that is between sexes. It also means that I believe in equal rights and equal pay for women. Feminism also is a social movement that deals with political views of a feminist. It’s not one gender having power over the other, and that men have a birth right to be the dominant gender.