Essay on The Common Goals of Feminism

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Feminism and all branches of feminism have a number of common goals. These goals include the analysis of gender inequalities and the effects of other systems of oppression such as race and class. In most cases, the analysis is intersectional, recognizing how each system can be inclusive to other systems resulting in different levels of oppression. In the case of a woman, who is black and lesbian, versus a woman, who is white and lesbian, there are different levels of oppression. Although together these two women experience gender inequalities with men and sexuality inequalities with heterosexuals, they still have different experiences with race inequalities and in that way are oppressed differently. The point of feminism would be…show more content…
Much of those feminist ideas were based on those ‘rights of man’, which were the basis for the French and American Revolution. The lack of these rights also set limitations for women at this time period and prohibited them from establishing any public legal existence. Other roles were left for women to assume. These “roles” which were established as a result of urbanization and industrialization include domestic positions in the home and/or certain positions in the work force that were characterized by service work and low wages. Just as feminist theory includes a description of what in all actuality exists, what can exist, and a strategy, those liberal and social feminist writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft put these steps into play through huge efforts to put out conscious raising discourse on the issues. Wollstonecraft stated: “…and, speaking of women at large, their first duty is to themselves as rational creatures, and the next, in point of importance, as citizens, is that, which includes so many, of a mother. The rank in life which dispenses with their fulfilling this duty, necessarily degrades them by making them mere dolls.” (Wollstonecraft) In this way she recognizes the reality of the role of mother that is expected of women to assume and how in a bad way this affects women. She also makes the valid point that because of the lack of rights, the women of this time have no choice in the mater. Here she
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