Letty Cottin Pogrebin, an American author, once said that “when men are oppressed, it's a tragedy. When women are oppressed, it's tradition”. Women have been oppressed for years, always living in a world where men are put first and seen as superior. It has just become tradition and the way that we go about living our lives. As it is so widely seen, these beliefs are translated into the media, books, films, etc.
In a male dominated society, women are forced to conform to the moulds that have been prescribed for them. When they do not fit into the categories that have been defined for them, they face ultimate rejection and suffer the consequences of non-conformity. This male dictated view of women is evident in the writings of 19th Century women writers who unconsciously view society through the perspectives that have been imprinted in their minds by society. A case in point is Kate Chopin through her work, Desiree’s Baby which chronicles the tale of an abandoned baby that is raised by a wealthy couple, the Valmonde’s. They were childless and raised her lovingly as their own.
People can be easily influenced by others to be something that they are not. They tend to adhere to societal norms to fit in rather than being true to their own identity. Leslie Bell, author of “Selections from Hard to Get: Twenty- Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom,” speaks about how women are perplexed about the role they should play in a relationship because society and loved ones give two contradicting ideas on how they should behave. Similarly, Susan Faludi presents how society’s perception of cadets are different from reality in “The Naked Citadel,” as men at the Citadel attempt to validate their masculinity by degrading the underclassmen through physical abuse and gender swapping practices. In “The Mind’s Eye,” Oliver Sacks gives several different examples on how the blind are still capable of seeing the world despite the misconception that they are unable to see at all, whether it’d be keeping their visual imagery or choosing to completely part with it.
In earlier times, feminism was more about representation of women in the political sphere and their voting rights. But Butler argues and says that it won’t be correct to describe women as one unified homogeneous group as each woman is different in interests, problems, desires and personality. According to her women cannot be a homogeneous group since they come from a wide variety of backgrounds sharing differences in class, ethnicity and race. The point holds much validity when we try to compare and equate the needs and problems faced by a poverty stricken mother from an African village to a wealthy businesswoman from the New York City. She would rather be able to identify with and relate more to a man from similar conditions than the supposed ‘sister’ from the polished society.
America has her problems with inequality when it comes to women’s social conduct in which they belong in society. Does a women gain importance from being independent and financially competent in society or do women who aren’t a part of the female work force less of a human than her fellow women. The 1950s society was split on the issue of where women actually fit in our society after their liberations in the 1920s with gaining their right to vote, they began to have a voice in society without much progress in the 1940s had the liberation of being working and having a disposable income for the first time in their lives and being told you need to be in the home with the children this created a tremor before the feminist earthquake. Two major theories that abide with women’s rights these are functionalism and feminism. The first theory is functionalism this discusses what the roles of women in 1950s society.
This affects the society because it shows the mind can do on its own. This proves the theme of individualism because he is thinking alone without anybody’s input or
Abstract:Women have been facing gender inequality since the inception of civilisation. The society has always been patriarchal propagating ideologies that is conducive to the making of the feminine, a suppressed and subordinate creature to men,reducing women to the marginalised status in all walks of life. In this paper the author has tried to present how the subjugation of women leads their down trodden and fallen state and how the sufferings and suppressions eventually give way to their new awakened conscious and inner strength leading to the emergence of a new awakened woman who confronts with the patriarchal society and refuges to be a mere follower of the roles assigned to her by the society but indeed discovers her own identity, asserts
Firstly, the sense of belonging that these women have to questions other than the “feminine” one is stripped away and appropriated to an entirely different discourse. (Resnik) The aspirations of femalehood, must necessarily always be prioritized over other identities that may be tribal, familial or even cross-cultural. The biggest criticism of this is that even when the aspiration of femalehood may be universalized, its expression must be a product of historical social circumstance. Such an expression would come about with a constant interaction between multiple identities, with the subject, the women, free to come to terms with her femalehood through the nuanced lens of historical and social context (Harris). McKinnon’s model of superimposing a unitary identity upon a subject handicaps her theory.
The paper also shows both men and women are responsible for women's degradation, and women take it without questioning. Women are suppressed because men keep them being ‘women’ which shows the inferiority. At first, we should understand the co-concept like ‘patriarchy’, ‘inferiority’, ‘feminism’ and the movement of a woman’s development. It also shows how a woman is mapped to be ‘a woman’ and why they lose their self-identity. After assembling these side by side, the paper tries to indicate how women can get rid of this.
The writer wrote his defense that concepts formed in group endanger from many ways, by individuals who disagree with social norms and majority’s views. He also says that “these individuals have some view or ideas about the discussion that’s way their opinion goes against the norms of society. Scheufele makes a research and wrote his views about this theory that it is “dynamic process”, it is a process which works but take a long