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Should We All Be Feminist?

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a powerful leader in the modern day feminist movement, once said in a speech presented at TEDxEuston, We Should All Be Feminists, “Some people ask: ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and the particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.” The actions of the F1 generation of feminist women who sparked the women's rights movement set an outline…show more content…
Masculinity and femininity are two socially constructed words that basically define what a woman and a man is. Dictionary.com defines Masculinity as “ [a] possession of the qualities traditionally associated with men.” When you think of a man what words come to mind? In a study conducted by plannedparenthood.org, the top five words used to describe masculinity in a man were, independent, non-emotional, aggressive, tough-skinned, and competitive. Among the long list of these “manly” words and phrases, sexually aggressive were one of the phrases listed. In complete foil to masculinity, Dictionary.com defines femininity as “the quality of being female; womanliness.” Following the study conducted by plannedparentgood.org on masculinity they also did a survey on words the general populous would use to describe women and their femininity. The top five words that were used to describe a woman were, dependent, emotional, passive, sensitive, and quiet. These societal expectations of men and women are highly unrealistic and could be held against that of a superhero and a child. Using the words provided by Planned Parenthood, you could create an individual man or woman with any combination of these night and day words. Moreover, if we raise our boys…show more content…
While they tell women they should be at home with the children being a mother and a homemaker. They tell women they should be prim and proper, never loud, and always be ready to serve their husbands. Quoting Adichie, from her book, “We Should All Be Feminists,” “We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man.” Overall, they taught women to be subservient to men. These bars of hyperfemininity and hypermasculinity trapped men and women in these traditional ways. However, these roles that men and women are placed under come from a traditional view of the sexes.. Present day, we have women in office and in very important positions. We also have men being stay at home fathers and taking care of their children. Infact in a study conducted by Louis Harris & Associates Inc on a woman’s contribution to her house hold income more than half the employed women (both single and married) that were surveyed said they provided at least half of their household's income, and eighteen percent said they were
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