Feminism and Feminist Theory

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Summary of  Feminism and Feminist Theory:

Waves of feminism:

First Wave – In the 1830s, the main issues were abolition of slavery and women’s rights. 1848 – Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, 1920 – the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote.

Second Wave – In the years, 1966-1979, there was heightened feminist consciousness. The movement was linked to the Civil Rights movement begun in the late ’50s. Key issues: anti-discrimination policies and equal privileges.

  • Feminist Theory is an outgrowth of the general movement to empower women(Empowerment can be considered a change in the context of a woman or man’s life that enables her/him increased capacity to lead a fulfilling human life, worldwide).
  • Feminist theory: A generalized, wide ranging system of ideas about social life & human experience developed from a woman-centered.
  • Feminism can be defined as a recognition and critique of male supremacy combined with efforts to change it.

The goals of feminism are:

  • To demonstrate the importance of women
  • To reveal that historically women have been subordinate to men
  • To bring about gender equity(Fairness)

Theoretical Perspectives:

  • Liberal Feminism
  • Marxist Feminism
  • Radical Feminism
  • Socialist Feminism

Sex, gender, and women’s issues:

  • Sex is used to indicate the biological differences between females and males.
  • Gender, on the other hand, represents the socially- constructed differences—in terms of accepted attributes, roles and relationships
  • physical violence
  • Educational violence
  • Job Violence
Feminism and Feminist Theory

Feminism and Feminist Theory

Society’s Influence

  • Women found in their body image a sense of self definition and a way to announce who they are to the world.
  • Today many young girls worry about the contours of the bodies especially shape, size, and muscle tone because they believe that the body is the ultimate expression of the self.
  • Fashion and the film industry are two huge influences on societal expectations that women display their bodies sexually.
  • The sexual revolution liberated women from the Victorian of modesty but also demanded a commitment to diet and beauty.
  • By assigning people to one or two categories- male or female- society has created difference between them.
  • Risman feels that genders strongest influence is found at the interaction level, and therein lies the deepest liability for the continuation of inequality in American family life.

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