How Did Feminism Become A National?

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How did feminism become a national "dirty word?" For individual feminists, this is a question that causes concern. True feminism is straining to survive and the reason for this can be linked to the group itself, sometimes including its own accountability to effectively consider and accommodate the diversity of viewpoints of women among the group and in general. However, the biggest and most influential source of the word having a negative connotation is the mass media. Its hostility toward assertive women leads the media to usually represent them in a negative way and this has turned all feminists into a frightening “fringe element.” (Beck) It is important to understand how the media portrays femininity and how that impacts their representation and the public’s opinion of feminism. Furthermore, the media backlash that happens when feminists make progress toward equality as well as how they deal with the backlash are of equal importance.
It is useful to begin this discussion with a look at how the mass media shape society 's definitions of gender and the appropriate roles of women. While most American women support the basic concepts of feminism, they tend to stray away from the feminist label. For example, a recent study showed that only 33 % of women surveyed indicated that they considered themselves to be feminists despite overwhelming support for the issues the movement addresses. "I 'm not a feminist, but . . ." is a common phrase used among women who reject the label.…
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