Feminism And Gender And Sexuality

1378 WordsNov 24, 20156 Pages
In the conversations about civil rights in America’s past, there is one minority that is often overlooked when considering the great achievements made in history. Women have become a powerful figure in society recently. In the past, women fought for their equal rights against all odds, starting the revolution with Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1848 at a women’s conference in Seneca Falls, New York. Women realized they could fight for the rights they were entitled to, this notion sparked the concept of feminism. Simone De Beauvoir references women as the ‘second sex’, saying that “one is not born, but rather becomes a woman” (2382). By this statement, De Beauvoir argues that women are not born a women, but are taught from infancy to accept society’s role of ‘woman’. The idea that women are taught to accept their role by society is the concept that feminism fights. Historically, Feminism has evolved from the critical examination of inequality between men and women to focusing more on the social constructions of gender and sexuality. Feminism aims to closely examine gender inequalities and to effect change in areas where gender and sexuality politics cause social imbalances. Feminist political activists fight for reproductive rights for women, domestic violence, gay marriage, and issues within workplaces such as sexual harassment and discrimination. Any type of stereotyping, objectification, violation of human rights, and gender or sexuality based oppression are feminist issues.
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