Margaret Atwood's Theory Of Feminism

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Feminism is a movement aimed at defining,establishing, and defending equal political, economic, andsocial right and equal opportunities for women. Feminism is mainly focused on women’s issues, behaviorand belief of a feminist. It is a philosophy in which women and their contribution are valued. Feminists view the world as being unequal.They want to see the gender gap and the idea that men are superior to women decreased or even abolished. Different types of feminist theory add to this interesting study and each has had a profound impact on women and gender studies.The study of feminism could be split into three parts as Cultural Feminism, Individual Feminism and Liberal Feminism.
The Edible Woman (1969) is Atwood’s maiden attempt at fiction
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Atwood in an interview says:
It’s a human activity that has all kinds of symbolic connotations depending on the society and the level of society. In other words ,what you eat varies from place to place, how we feel about what we eat varies from place to place, how we feel about what we eat varies from individual as well as from place to place. If you think of food as coming in various categories: sacred food, ceremonial food, everyday food and things that are not to be eaten ,forbidden food, dirty food, if you like- for the anorexic ,all food is dirty food. (Lyons 228)
Atwood suggests that in conventional society, women are edible. They are swallowed up by their male counterparts. Marian is aware of this fact and decides that if she must be eaten, then she will take control of her own life and eat herself. Eating disorders in Atwood’s works are therefore employed as symbols of women’s bodies’ responses to social pressure. Even before Marian returns to first-person selfhood, she sees that there might be a way out, that becoming trapped by a repressive or unsatisfying role need not be the end of the matter. Atwood is urging women to assert their right to eat and re-inhabit their own
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