The term white privilege has become a bad term, just like the word feminism. Society has found a way to distort and change the definition of terms like these to avoid the actual issue that the term is bringing up. By definition feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities, but the word has come to carry a negative connotation (Webster). Many who believe in the principle would not call themselves feminists or participate in trying to reach equality to avoid that connotation placed on them. Their silence only aids the continuation of inequality between men and women. This misconstruing is also being done to the term white privilege. The word privilege alone upsets people. They think you’re saying that they’ve
On the other hand, as a white woman I experience oppression that white men will never face. The idea of feminism is first introduced to me by two of my drama classmates, Delfina and Ayla. They are intensely passionate about this foreign word that they bring up quite frequently. One day, I was talking with a friend of mine about feminism and what she thinks about it.
As Black Women, we were stuck between the Black Power Movement and the Feminist Movement. While we wanted to help our “Brothers” achieve equality we also wanted equality as African American and women. But in both movements, Black Women were silenced and still faced inequality, white women of 1st and 2nd wave feminist movement pushed black women to the back of the bus and sexism ran rampant in the Nation of Islam and Civil Rights Movement. The problems that black women faced were not being heard even though both movements supposed to be inclusive, there was little thought given in regards to black women and their need. While white women were the face of the feminist movement, Black men were in the front of the Black Power Movement. And because of the problems and faced by black women in both movements the school of thought “Black feminism” and “Intersectionality theory” was born which argues that sexism, class oppression, gender identity and racism are intersected.
It either includes all women, or it’s not feminism” (Makers). She frequently reminds individuals that it was disproportionately women of color, especially black women, who created the feminist movement. She contends that erasing black women’s integral contributions disgraces the founders of the movement and eradicates the efforts of feminism’s true founding
The problem with the “wave metaphor” is, when these periods of feminist history are viewed through an intersectional lens, we see that most of early feminist history was only the activity of economically privileged white women, or women whose intersectionality was favored by the American patriarchy. The marginalization of other women, whose intersectionalities were not favored in the past, leads to a whitewashed view of historical progress. However, women of color had recognized opinions among their own coalitions, but their opinions were simply not recognized by white upper-class feminist movements. Further analysis of feminist movements around the world, when viewed through an intersectional lens, allows us to see that the “wave metaphor” hardly holds it’s water.
The distinction knocking the term "white feminist," dawned the name black feminist used to criticize feminists who do not acknowledge issues of intersectionality, when it comes to race and gender (Blay, 2011). The recognition and understanding of oppression faced by black women are not detained by the dominant conceptualization of group consciousness, which tends to focus on either race or gender consciousness. Too often, "black" was considered synonymous with black men and "woman" was equated with white women. As a result, black women were an unnoticed and unrecognized group whose existence and needs were ignored (Simien& Clawson, 2004). The theoretical framework of Black feminism seeks adequately address the way race, gender, and class were symbiotic in their lives and to fight racist, sexist,
In the 1960’s people like Malcolm X and Dr. King fought for the civil rights of African-Americans, while women like the Suffragettes and Betty Friedan fought for the civil rights of women. Feminism has come in four waves in American culture, the first starting in the early 19th century, and the fourth starting around 2012 and continuing to present day. The first wave of feminism consisted of women trying to gain rights to vote, their own reproductive rights, and trying to bring attention to domestic violence against them. Feminism today consists of women trying to fight for equal rights to those of men, like having the same wages, the same social standards, and trying to break gender stereotypes. Feminism has grown and widely spread around
American history repeatedly contradicts itself by placing superior value on certain groups more than others. Intersectional Feminism is the understanding of how women’s overlapping identities--including race, class, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation--impact the way they experience oppression and discrimination. Anyone who possesses identity privilege share a difficult time including feminism for women who cannot determine which identities are in most dire need of liberation from inequality. Without intersectionality, feminism is only an academic jargon disconnected from the real world. Consequently, the concept White Feminism allows the further exclusion of issues that specifically affect women of color.
And the world here is behaving very much the same. Just last week, Russia recently decriminalized domestic violence as their president, Vladimir Putin, uphold those “traditional family values”, even though an average 10,000 Russian women die every year as a result of domestic violence. According to the charitable organization, Plan International, there are still 62 million girls around the world, and some of the barriers preventing them from achieving this education include gender norms, violence towards girls in school, and forced early marriage and pregnancy. In Vatican City, women still do not have the right to vote. In Yemen and in Afghanistan women cannot leave their house without their husband's permission.
Aubrey Rose A, Barangot English 27B Title Gender Equality: An Established Human Right Thesis Gender Equality and Stereotypes Inroduction The gender equality has been accepted and acknowledged as human rights’ principles since the adoption of charter of United Nations in 1945. Most of the international agreements such as ‘the Millennium Development Goals (2000)’ and ‘the World Conference on Human Rights (1993) have highlighted and stressed the grave need for nations to take appropriate actions against such discriminatory practices. To give clarity to this research, the researcher uses the following definitions: “Everyone has a fundamental right to live free of violence.
Women were restricted in the workplace, and had to do house chores and take care of their kids (“1960 American Feminism”). Also around this time the second wave of feminism was taking place. The second wave of feminism was a period of feminist activity that began in the 1960s and lasted through the early 1980’s(1960 American Feminism”). During this period women were targeted at trying to get reproductive rights, workplace rights, having equal sexuality, and focused on family”1960 American Feminism”).
5). The first wave feminists are regarded as the ‘godmothers’ of feminism because they claimed for controversial and critical changes, which then became part of women’s lives (Baumgardner & Richards, 2000; Henry, 2004; Heywood, 2006, as cited in Ewig & Ferree, 2013, p. 448). They laid the ground for further following feminists’ waves and movements, as for example the second wave of feminism (1960s – 1970s). Intersectionality was one of the ground-breaking differences in comparison to the first wave of feminism. The second wave feminists included a variety of women, other than just the white-bourgeoisie western women.
While women in America celebrate these freedoms, women and girls in third world countries are burdened with the inequality of rights that their government permits. Moreover, forty percent of girls, under eighteen, in Tanzania are forced, by their parents, to marry older men for a dowry. Tanzanian women are regularly raped, beaten, and shamed (Yee 343). It is 2016, almost one-hundred years after American women were granted the right to vote, yet many girls and women still do not have equal opportunities and rights recognized by law. In many countries, women are not entitled to own property or inherit land.
. Women are currently at a disadvantaged with respect to rights, compared with men such as respect and such conditions According to dictionary.com Feminism can be defined as a doctrine or movement that advocates equal rights for women. Feminism is both an intellectual commitment and a political movement that seeks justice for women and targets the end of sexism in all forms. However, there are many different kinds of feminism such as radical feminism, socialist feminism, cultural feminism, and liberal feminism.