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Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints Analysis

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Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints is a non-fiction novel that addresses the many contradicting beliefs in feminism. It looks at the different viewpoints held by different women on some controversial topics such as the wage gap, the glass ceiling, and Arab feminism. It also addresses the two questions of
Why is feminism needed?
What is, “White Feminism?” Why is feminism needed? Is it Obsolete? Feminism is not obsolete. According to Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints “Women hold only 15 percent of seats in Congress and 14 percent of seats on Fortune 500 boards. On average they still earn less than men” (Fisanick). Not only is this ridiculous, it’s unfortunately unsurprising. The wage gap is commonly cited whenever discussions of gender and politics come
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It’s a refusal to acknowledge the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, etc… White feminism is a type of feminism that is only there for white, cis, straight, able-bodied, girls. It won’t acknowledge transgender girls, disabled girls, muslims, etc… However, white feminists are not always white, they can be POC, “white feminist” is just a term coined for a feminist who only supports white women. Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints broaches the topic of white feminism in viewpoint five, Arab Feminism Has a Long History Without Western Intervention by talking about Arab feminism, and how white feminists think women in the Arab world need saving because they are unable to save themselves. It goes on to say “Therefore, the focus on Arabs women’s issues illustrates the good intentions of American feminism; however my concern is with the “big sister” manner in which those intentions are manifested. Often, Arab women’s voices are excluded from discussions concerning their own lives, and they are to be “informed” about feminism, as if it is an ideology exclusive to American women alone” (Fisanick). This is very important, a majority of the time, when people want to help groups that they feel are oppressed, they do so in ways that end up with them speaking over the marginalized groups. The last sentence was crucial as well, because it really illustrates the “big sister approach”, and shows what “white feminism” is. It erases people's voices, and it makes a movement that is supposed to be for all women for one one group of women
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