Women 's Rights And Responsibilities

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In order to exercise legal rights and responsibilities, one must be a legal person. However, the legal person cannot be easily defined especially when one must consider the feminine gender. Although it is a fact that women are people with the same legal rights and responsibilities as men, several aspects of what is understood to be legal personhood conflicts with the unique characteristics of the female gender such as pregnancy. This reflects the deeply seated tradition of patriarchy within the law that is the largest concern of liberal feminists. It is not to be said that the law has remained unchanged over the course of history but rather that it has changed in a way that only includes women as ‘men’ and not as women. This is mostly reflected in the consideration of the legal person and women’s role in it.

The feminist theory is divided into four categories: liberal, radical, cultural and socialist feminism. The most common form of feminism is liberalism, which argues that gender equality is possible in society today despite past inequality brought about by male prejudice even as it continues to surface in a deeply ingrained way within modern society. Radical feminism discusses political patriarchy as the reason for societal division. Cultural feminism refers to women having a separate culture within society. Finally, the theory of socialist feminism argues that gender rather than social class divides society. Each theory has a different interpretation of the legal…

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