Feminist Theory

2762 WordsJun 4, 200512 Pages
Introduction Since the beginning of time women have been considered inferior to men, which seem to proceed to affect everyday lives of all social beings in this world. Women have a disease, a disease that will prevent them for ever having the political drive to achieve political, social or economic opportunities men have. This "disease" is the need for independency and self-respect or the lack there of. This is what we have come to know as feminism. Feminism refers to the body of thought on the cause and nature of women's disadvantaged and subordinate position in society, and efforts to minimize and eliminate the subordination (Hughes, 2002:160). Understanding that the need for independency and self-respect is not a real disease,…show more content…
Feminist Arlie Russell Hochschild developed the sociology of emotions (Jaggar and Rothenberg 1993). She focused on emotions such grief, contempt, envy, depression, guilt, anger, and fear. Her theory uncovered that males have learned to repress and deny their female qualities in order to achieve their individual male identity and to qualities in order to achieve their individual male identity and to have underdeveloped relational capacity and view that which is feminine as inferior (Jaggar and Rothenberg, 1993). Patricia Hill Collins focuses on the intersection of race, social class, and gender in understanding the experiences of African-American women based on literature about them and by them (Jaggar and Rothenberg, 1993). Judith Sargent Murry, wrote an essay untitled "On the Equality of Sexes", which was published in the Massachusetts Magazine. John Stuart Mill, who wrote "The Subjection of Women", has been a major classic feminist writing of the century. Other people who contributed to the development of the feminist theory are Jane Adams, Ida B. Wells, Beatrice Potter, Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Susan B. Anthony, and Mary Wollstonecraft (Rossi, 1973). Varieties of Feminist Theory Gender difference, gender inequality, and gender oppression are the main focus in the varieties of the Feminist Theory. Cultural
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