Betty's Conflict Theory

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Feminist scholars use a conflict approach to analyze general themes of gender relations as well as the influence of the family. Scholars of feminist approach examined the role of the family in maintaining inequalities in male-females relations. The liberal feminist’s uses conflict approach in terms of inequalities faced by females and privileges enjoyed by male in every aspect of society. Because of decision making power that leads to oppression of women. (Wollstonecraft, Marry.1792). Friedan Betty also known as Betty Naomi Goldstein commonly considered as one of the founding mothers of feminism's Second Wave. Friedan while remaining at home to care for her family she felt impatient as a homemaker and developed curiosity if other women felt…show more content…
She also helped progress the women's rights movement as one of the creator of the National Organization for Women (Friedan, Betty. 1963). Her book The Feminine Mystique shaped a social upheaval by dismissing the myth that all women desired to be happy homemakers, and marking the start of what would become Friedan's extremely momentous role in the women's rights movement. The work is also attributed with inspiring second-wave feminism in the United States (Friedan, Betty. 1963). Feminist argues patriarchy literally means rule of the father in a male-dominated family. It is a social and philosophical concept which considers men (who are the patriarchs) as superior to women. Walby Sylvia (1990) in “Theorizing Patriarchy” calls it “a system of social structures and practices in which men dominate, oppress and exploit women”. Patriarchy is based on a system of power relations which are hierarchical and unequal where men control women’s production, reproduction and sexuality. It imposes masculine and feminine stereotypes in society which reinforce the unequal power relations between men and women. Where the term ‘masculine’ or ‘masculinities’ are not the same as ‘men’. To speak of masculinities is to speak about gender relations. Masculinities concern the position of men in a gender order. They can be defined as the patterns of practice by which people (both men and women, though mainly men) engage in that position (Raewyn, Connell’s.
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