Unfortunately, her constant switching between the two ideas takes away from her focus point, losing the reader and her thesis in a majority of her piece. Towards the beginning of her piece, Pollitt states, “[w]e are wiser than you poor deluded menfolk” (Pollitt 399). If the reader did not already know her views, the reader may think that she actually meant this. She then decided to question whether that is true, then dives into difference feminism. However, right after she mentions little on difference feminism, she mentions a more equality feminism viewpoint.
Another argument many believe in is that the military is not appropriate for women due to its traditional gender stereotypes. These people tend to object to soldiers showing stereotypical feminine qualities. Yet, it has been proven that women can show the qualities of a stereotypical soldier and leave their femininity behind while working. Although women in combat may seem as a concern to only a small group of people, it should in fact concern anyone who cares about the equality of women in masculine ruled careers. Women should be given the same and equal opportunities as males when it comes to the military, as they are able to perform to the same physical fitness standards and training, increase cohesion and moral in a military unit, and challenge the old traditional masculine stereotypes
As I have stated time and time again, liberal feminism seeks equality, but not for everyone or to everyone. As bell hooks once said, “whether feminist or not, we all need to remember that visionary feminist goal which is not of a woman running the world as is, but a women doing our part to change the world so that freedom and justice, the opportunity to have optimal well-being, can be equally shared by everyone – female and male” (hooks,
Mary Wollstonecraft devotes her life to feminism and “she fully believes that, if given the chance, women could be just as smart and virtuous as men are” (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008). As a result, Mary Wollstonecraft doesn’t propose that women should be superior to men and as she wrote in From A Vindication of the Rights for Women, "I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves" (Kwatra, H.,2013). Besides, in Vindication, Mary Wollstonecraft also expresses that although women might be less physically strong than men, they shouldn’t be considered to be weaker than men totally and the reason is that physical strength is not the only point to evaluate one’s ability in modern world (Romantic Period). As a consequence, in addition
The Renaissance’s attitude towards gender and sexuality was completely different from that of the Middle Ages, which considered women as dangerous sexual creatures. "For the first time in Western history," for example, "men stressed the fact that females should be educated. The Platonic orientation in humanist thought may have spurred them to do so" (Bell, 182). (mohja)Actually, the primary purpose behind the call for women’s education was not to heighten her position in society, or to “overturn her subordinate domestic role”, but to make her a better wife and mother. Indeed, it was only the high rank women who were allowed to be educated*.
Thus, I believe that feminism is a poorly made masquerade to cover women’s desire to control men. No one can deny that it was necessary for people like Betty Friedan in the ’50s and Gloria Steinem in the ’60’s. ( Olson, Marie “Finding our way” Aug 2017)Their movements were necessary for women to achieve equality amongst all people. But feminists won’t stop at equality. They want total sovereignty over the opposite sex.
Such type of women who use misandry as a tool for feminism, go against the very idea of what feminism stood for and stands for i.e., achieving egalitarianism by letting women work alongside men and by empowering women so that they could be equal to men in every aspect. Some sections of feminists seem to think that the world would be a better place if matriarchy replaces patriarchy, and if they could be dominant instead of men. It’s the extremist thinking which has made feminism look like a conspiracy or a man hating cult which wants to replace patriarchy with matriarchy instead of striving for equality between men and women. The problem arises when some women start hating men as a whole, and want to be the dominant sex or when women are ridiculed by women for their choice of relationships like marriage and when they criticize women for wanting to stay at home instead of working. Furthermore, when feminists choose to blame all men instead of the few, just because they have been oppressed or offended by some, they are being sexist as sexism means, discrimination based on sex or gender, or the belief that men are superior to women and thus discrimination is
For example, many women in Gilead agree with the government and help to keep other women in check. One would blame the Commander’s Wife for not showing team spirit to her gender and rebelling against Gilead, without understanding that this is actually an expectation, since it believes that gender is the most important trait, while really it is just a smaller version of the anti-individual totalitarianism of Gilead. Atwood may be reminding her readers that women by tradition have served to impose the rules of a patriarchal society, from the manner of responsibility for the socialization of young girls to the enforcement of adult individualists through mockery or isolation. In a way, The Handmaid’s Tale is about the present as well as the future, suggesting that until there are large changes in women’s and men’s understanding and social way, society will continue to be in danger of this kind of
It lacks a theory regarding what female oppression’s deeper mechanisms consists of- and that is something other directions tries to answer . That is the main critique against this theory but there are other aspects of critique also. Some of the critique is aimed at the idea that women have the same capacity for reason as men, the critique against this warns for an uncritical acceptance of a view of reason that actually degrades women. Another point of critique is that liberal feminism is possible because it looks away from the importance of social standing and from women’s material conditions. A third point of critique is the that liberal feminism, at least in its abstract form, discards from sexualities importance for power configuration between the sexes
Liberal feminists were so obsessed with the ‘equality’ that they oppose the protective legislation for women (based on this position they have been severely criticized, it will be discussed later in the paper). Jagger (cited in Acker, 1987) discussed liberal feminism’s opposition to protective legislation, based on its desire to overcome sex based laws and establish formal equality. Liberal feminists seek the repeal of all laws that ascribe different rights, responsibilities and opportunities to women and men. They oppose protective legislation for women, believing that the same standards of health and safety should apply to everyone. Feminists such as Marry Wollstonecraft, Johnstuart Mill, Jagger and Struhl, Eisentein and Scheman rejects the major component of tradional liberalism, and asserted that the value of women as human being is not instrumental to the welfare of men and children and that it is equal to the value of men, and demanded various forms of public and private recognition of it, including respect for women and privacy.