Hannah Webster Foster formulates a tale that, on the surface, appears as a novel warning women against seduction, a common theme of the times. Marriage was seen as a necessity for women who desired financial stability and status, and being sexually seduced by a man would not provide a woman with these needs. Thus, the warnings against seduction and romanization of marriage were rampant. Upon further examination however, The Coquette has strong feminist undertones calling women towards the American ideal of freedom. This new nation claimed to be built upon the rock of freedom, while simultaneously oppressing women.
This article defines what Butler in her book Judith Butler introduction gender trouble chapter one: “subjects of sex/gender/desire” wants to convey to the reader. Butler presumes that there is an already existing feminist identity known as "women.' Many feminists believe that developing a female identity is essential to creating awareness on women's political issues. Butler challenges this. She doesn't think that the idea of "woman" is a well-defined category.
Women being depicted as passive sexual objects is nothing new in the media or in the patriarchal society we live in but what is, is the shift over the years from women being as passive objects of the male gaze to now sexually agentic in their sexualisation (Halliwell et al., 2011). With the help of the feminist movement, sexism and sexual objectification of women was brought to attention and thus traditional advertisements were heavily critiqued for their sexist and objectifying images of women. Although we still have sexist advertisements that objectify women, most contemporary or post-feminist advertisements now depict women as not only independent and powerful but also encourage women to partake in their own sexualisation in the name of
Moreover, women with a foreign background should not have more difficulties when searching for jobs nor should women with other skin color than white feel invisible the mainstream media. One of the main arguments against intersectionality within feminism, is that intersectionality will cause feminism to be more about who to feel the sorriest for instead of improving feminism. I totally disagree with that argument on the ground that I believe intersectionality is rather about the fact that all of us experience events differently therefor it is crucial to listen to everyone’s experiences nevertheless to not place each other´s experiences into a hierarchy of who to emphasize the most. In conclusion, feminism should become more intersectional because it is necessary that within feminism bring forward discrimination that all women living in society experience. The time has come to cease making invisible the minority women.
Feminism is a word that has changed over time, it is not fixed, but has a broad meaning. It has been used in conjunction with liberal, socialist, radical, cultural, spiritual, black, multicultural, and plenty others. Eventually, the Women’s Liberation Movement adopted the term feminist because is was simple and appealing. The term has now gained the basic meaning of women engaging in activities to foster their development. Today, the causes of the term being notorious are the numerous campaigns that have arisen.
Woman versus Women”, Cole argues that Fuller went beyond both feminists by going beyond the political and social aspects of the movement to add new elements concerning the potential of humanity’s divine nature (Cole). Comparisons of Fuller to Wollstonecraft made due to similar views shared by both that women haven't been given the opportunity to succeed/ 'take their rightful place' without being met with restraint and opposition (Duran). Like Wollstonecraft, Sarah Grimke’s work appears in her writing but isn’t explicitly mentioned even though Fuller’s Great Lawsuit depends on Grimke’s “Letters on the Equality of the Sexes” (Cole). Though both sisters were controversial for their public speaking role, Fuller went beyond that in Woman to include the voices of women past and present who she saw as role models for being in harmony with the natural law to support her argument (Cole). Fuller’s belief in transcendental quality (divine nature of humanity) made it possible for her to extend her argument to include equality going beyond society in a utopian society where humanity lives in accordance with the divine law
Women that were strong leaders of the past like Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt, Joan of Arc, and Sappho had to fight for their positions as leaders in society so they could inspire future women. For Queen Hatshepsut fighting for a leadership position meant reversing what Egyptians believed women could do politically and religiously. While for Joan of Arc it was disproving derogatory opinions on how much power women could hold over a military. Sappho was such a great poet that her work spread around the Mediterranean, but due to objectionable themes in her stories they were soon banned and burned which was fully because she was the only female poet to use licentious content in the antiquity period. Female leaders who held staple positions in society during their times like Joan of Arc, Hatshepsut, and Sappho have influenced women throughout the ages and today to incorporate what they accomplished
Setting aside the fact that the woman had committed adultery, she was displaying a side of womanhood that is rarely seen and by most considered unacceptable: Sexuality. Sandra Cisneros does this in her writing “Never Marry a Mexican”. Not only does she explore the sexuality concept of womanhood while straddling two cultures, but she explores love, vulnerability, and loss as well. Neva Cavataio describes the narrator of this story, Clemencia, as being constantly in extremes and constantly endeavoring the all or nothing of love and sexuality. She further explains that “Somewhere in Clemencia’s life, she decides to be the vamp rather than the wife.
Marjane Satrapie, in her book Persepolis, states, “I wanted to be an educated, liberated women. And if the pursuit of knowledge meant getting cancer, so be it (73) The oppression of women has been present in several different cultures. While many women in different nations have fought to establish their place in society, several cultures still suppress women with harsh restrictions on their way of life. Well-known authors such as Marjane Satrapi, Bahithal al-Badyia, and (add name here), though born in different eras, all understood the fundamental importance of women
The reading Identity Politics; Learning from Violence against Women of Color was fused with new knowledge, especially the definition of identity politics. Over the years, I gained knowledge of intersectionality, and its importance but did not conceptualize its absence as identity politics, and honestly, I never heard of this terminology. The concept of identity politics fits within the varying interpretations and definitions of feminism. Feminism has recognized the importance of intersectional frameworks. Now, it must cease practices of group-based or advocate against identity politics, which excludes our varying perceptions and realities.
She also address how feminism is slipping away as those girls sell their bodies and losing their dignity and respect. Pink speaks to girls not to conform to society and don’t have dehumanize their bodies just to be accepted by society. Another song that feeds the listeners with positivity is “Perfect.” In this song she send the message that we are perfect just the way we are. In the song she address how we have negative self-talk (especially girls) because we perfect already. These are couple of many songs that have deep, powerful messages that no other pop star sings about.
Britain had seen too much violence. The public opinion at the end of the war greatly influenced the stance that after war feminism took. In Making Peace: The Reconstruction of Gender in Interwar Britain, Kent states that the experience of the war led pre-war feminists to shift their stance from equal pay and opportunities to reinvigorating the ideals of separate spheres (Noakes, 2007, p. 144). People wanted a return to the peaceful times they had enjoyed during the golden age, and they strongly linked traditional gender-roles to those times. Eleanor Rathbone led the National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship (NUSEC) which seceded the NUWSS at the end of the war.
Frankie not only spouts off feminism throughout the story, she lives it, by taking matters into her own hands, and deciding to become a sort-of member of the secret society. Actually, she becomes a sort-of leader of the society. But she also recognizes that not every girl wants to be a leader of the society. Not every girl wants to start a revolution, nor does every girl feel the need to do so to be a feminist. And Frankie even ends the novel recognizing her flaws, and recognizing that the things she did might not have had the big change in her society that she would have liked, but that in subtle ways, maybe she helped pave the way.
This group was more confrontational and radical than the Mattachine Society or Daughters of Bilitis. They were not just for white, middle-class gay rights, but wanted justice for everyone. Lesbian feminism stemmed from the Gay Liberation Front and lesbians wanting to be involved in feminism. The National Organization of Women (NOW) did not include lesbians and “in 1969, activist and author Rita Mae Brown and two of her colleagues resigned from NOW because one leader, Betty Friedan, warned of a “lavender menace” of lesbians” (Alexander, Gibson, and Meem 74). Lesbian separatists protested Friedan’s “lavender menace”, eventually reclaiming the term and using it to promote their rights.
Introduction Or Nah by Ty Dolla $ign is a very popular song with more than 169 million views on YouTube ("Ty Dolla $ign - Or Nah ft. The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa & DJ Mustard [Music Video]"). The song is highly focused on women and most importantly making females out to be objects present only for the pleasure of the artist. Within the context of this song, and songs like it, women, who are typically the subject of the song, are pressured into sexual situations that might be objectionable or uncomfortable. Songs like Or Nah provide a stark example of issues which western society faces today, in particular, the objectification of women and the cultural obsession with gaining power and money.