“Feminist: adjective, advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women - equal to those of men” (Dictionary.com). It is no secret that the true definition of a “feminist” has been tossed around and distorted throughout the years. There are several existing views on who feminists are today. Some think that feminists have devolved since the days of the women’s suffrage movements and that they are now simply “men-haters” that want to attain higher social and economic statuses than men. Others believe that women are still supporting and fighting for their rights and equality. The article, “The “F” Word: How the Media Frame Feminism” by Debra Baker Beck, takes the stance that through the years, the term “feminism” has been wrongly consumed by negative connotations because of people who misunderstand the intent of feminism. She strives to establish a more placid perspective of feminists in the media. In Cathy Young’s article “Feminists Treat Men Badly. It’s Bad For Feminism” the blame for the skewed definition of feminists is placed on modern feminists and their tendency to “mock and berate men” (Young, N.p.). The debate is over whether or not modern feminists are faithfully supporting their roots of fighting for equality or if they have strayed to shaming or hating men instead.
“We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter!” This is one of the many chants that echoed through streets of New York City during the 2018 Women’s March on Saturday January 20th. Signs were held high and pink hats went as far as the eye could see. Men and women from all over the east coast came together to show unity for the fight for women’s equality. And there I was right in the middle of it. One of the most inspiring parts of this march is that it brings together a range of women’s issues and injustices against minority groups into one protest. It was diverse and yet it all screamed of solidarity.
To admit or to label oneself as a feminist is to accept a whirlwind of judgment from those around you. It is without a doubt that the word “Feminism” or “Feminist” turns heads, and not necessarily for the right reasons. Many have resorted to mocking, disagreeing, and/or hating Feminism without even having a good grasp of what it is. The stigmas that feminists face are that they are radical, extremist, liberal, lesbians who hate men, refuse to shave and enjoy burning bras (Lee).Conversely, feminists are principally advocates for social justice and equality as well as aim for the establishment of equally divided power between the sexes. It is obvious that many are unaware of and uneducated on the misogynistic injustices plaguing our world and the toxic environment we all live in- both women and men. Feminism is a positive concept that works to eliminate injustices between both sexes and to establish the value of women, thus should be treated as such a concept instead of being a forbidden idea.
In a number of ways, politically, socially, and economically, women have been discriminated against, as well as pushed behind men strictly on the basis of their sex. More so than political and social hindrances, women have been given the hardest time making a living in the department of the economy with their salary being far less than a man’s, and their job opportunities being restricted, we find that this all made their fiscal lives more difficult than they needed to be. Their main setback being a monetary one, with the wage gap existing so wide that women made only half as much as what men made during the 1930s (“Striking Women”). This left much of the female population in poverty, and unable to pay for basic necessities
In Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life, the author describes the power struggle that feminists face when they go against large institutions. The willingness to make change is halted by whether or not the institution wants to actually make change or just appear to. Ahmed describes two forms of “diversity work” which include trying to change an institution and not belonging to the norms in a given institution. They argue that knowledge comes about when trying to change an institution, do you think this knowledge is limited? How can someone know the true nature of an institution when the presence of a diversity worker alters it? Furthermore, if the people who do not display the norms in an institution are asked to change the institution how could they
In the history of England, there have been many rulers, but none quite like the queens. Between the time of the first Queen of England and the present Queen, there have been many drastic changes. Though these two women share the same name, Elizabeth, they are known for their own contributions and styles during their life in the monarchy. Their eras were full of rich culture and historic importance. These two women made an impact on not only England, but all over the world. Their decisions and actions lead to both times of celebration and times of grievance.
In the aftermath of World War II, the lives of the women have changed dramatically. Women spoke their minds out and wanted to be heard. World War II brought them a new outlook on how they should live their lives. It encouraged women organize social movements such as boycotts and public marches pushing for their human rights and protect them against discrimination. Alongside, they formed their own organization representing them against the federal government like the NOW or National Organization for Women. Through the years, women have been struggling to fight for equal rights and unfortunately still exist even at the present in some areas. Yes, women’s status was not like what they used to back then, where their
Two weeks ago, Feminist Frequency launched a crowdfunding campaign for Ordinary Women, our new video series about incredible, defiant women throughout history, and we’re pleased to say that we’re on our way, having raised over $73,000 from more than 1,200 supporters so far. Your generosity and enthusiasm mean everything to us, especially in light of the pushback we get every time we speak up or speak at all.
Being large isn’t just a women’s issue furthermore, most ladies don’t ask to be heavy, yet it turns into an unconscious struggle that conflicts with society’s expectations of perfection in a woman’s body. In recent talks of fat being a feminist problem, a sketchy subject has been whether eating impulsively is a lady’s problem signifying it relates to her experience of being a female in society. From one perspective, some argue that a female’s body is the most important thing about her, that it’s an indication to the world about who she is. From this point of view, women are taught to occupy themselves apparently with a self-image that others will find satisfying and attractive rather than being classified as an overweight woman; shunned by what society considers a perfect body. On the other hand, however, others argue that it is thoroughly up to women to make themselves healthy and to avoid becoming overweight for which they ae shunned. In the words of Susie Orbach (2015), one of this view’s main advocates, “You are your body, you have to take care of it! You’re the individual, you’re responsible. It has nothing to do with what’s going on in the wider society.”
Many women’s rights activists have been at the forefront of confronting domestic violence and other issues affecting women. Due to the government’s suspicion of large-scale protests and rallies, many activists rely on creatively presenting their activism as art, which does not require as many people participating in such demonstrations and arouses less attention by the government. China requires many NGOs to work with official government organizations such as the All-China Women’s Federation. However, realizing the need for a more grassroots approach rather than an imposed top-down approach, many activists take activism into their own hands. For example, Li Maizi and a group of women wore white wedding gowns splattered with fake blood in Beijing
Humans are a species that superficially welcome change, yet regress to antiquated ideals. They look back to our ancestors to learn, to develop discernment from their mistakes. Simultaneously, society rejects some ideas and implements others. The first form of democracy was effectuated during the Athenian era. The display of a woman’s body was not shamed, Greeks displayed pornographic art in buildings to fit their aesthetic ideal. This was the antithesis in the 50’s, however, today we have magazine covers with half-naked women in just about every grocery store. Change can only have one of two effects, either positive or negative, but we will continue to look to our past for a part of the answer.
The most prevalent and popular stereotype of the post World war II era in America is one filled with women abandoning their wartimes jobs and retreating into the home to fulfill their womanly duties. In Joanne Meyerowitz’s Beyond the Feminine Mystique: A reassessment of Postwar Mass Culture, she shows how far women departed from this one dimensional image. While Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique is reflexive and focused on the mainstream, Meyerowitz’s analysis is a broader and more inclusive exploration of media, as she draws upon multiple sources. Although Friedan effectively unveiled the thought process and reasoning behind society's belief that the message of media was to make women think that their place was to be the happy housewife, Meyerowitz expanded her media archives and found a differing message in analyzing both female responses to media and exploring their stories.
The Women’s conference is a big part of feminism. It’s what really got the start of feminism. On july 19, 1848 Women and men gathered At wesleyan chapel in seneca Falls, New York. The meeting was organized and lead by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who were abolitionist. They decided there would be two days in total. The first day only women who were invited were able to come but the second day everyone was allowed to come and actually there were some men too. On the first day everyone met in the chapel at 10 am. There was 200 women who showed up. Stanton read the “Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances” which was a treatise that she had put together of a few days. It was very close to the declaration of independence but the preamble
Some men as well as women think that part of the feminism’s definition is that women want to be men. That is so far from the truth. Having the same rights and equalities of men is not the same as wanting a penis. Feminism has a misconception of being a movement that is anti-male. An example of this thinking is a quote from Reverend Jerry Farwell “Feminists hate man. They’re sexist. They hate men - that’s the problem” (David, 1998). Some people object to the language change in feminism that is the change of a “police officer” from a “policeman”. These thoughts are from the same people who don’t believe that women should even be allowed to vote. Unfortunately some people cannot see the big picture on how the feminist movement has