Feminism And The Feminist Theory

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¬¬Olivia Fogel Mr. Bumiller AP Literature and Composition 10 June 2015 Feminist Theory Research Paper Though feminism and the feminist theory are often construed as the same philosophy, the two are related, yet different concepts. Feminism is defined as, “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). In turn, a feminist is an individual who believes that men and women should be equal politically, economically, culturally, and socially (Definitions of Branches of Feminist). However, the feminist theory is not simply the belief that the sexes should be equal or that women have been historically subjected to lower status and treatment than men. Rather, the feminist theory is the culmination of many beliefs about men, women, and gender roles; mainly, the feminist theory addresses how gender roles are unequal and how gender influences aspects of everyday life (“Feminist Literary Theory”) (Moffitt). In this way, the feminist theory can be used to analyze a variety of texts, including the poems, the “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood and “It’s a Woman’s World” by Eavan Boland. Both poems display connections to the feminist theory, particularly in how gender roles and inequality between the sexes influence the poets’ purposes to address male and female stereotypes and encourage change. Although Atwood did not initially intend to debate political and ethical questions in her works, many of her books and poems do exactly that.

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