Feminism Essays & Term Papers

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The myth of new feminism New feminism. Everybody will probably have heard these divine words before. It seems that desperate women with too much time on their hands want to apply the technique of putting something which has gone out of the spotlights into a new package and claiming it has been improved revolutionary. You could compare this new feminism to commercial products. Every month, a new and improved Mr Proper is launched which will clean the bathroom even better. You might ask

The word "feminism" has many connotations. Some include lesbian, feminazi, man-hater, and baby killer. It is interesting to note that all these words convey a negative feeling. It is rare to hear feminism described as female empowerment or as an organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests, which is how it is defined in the dictionary. Why has feminism taken on such a negative meaning? In this course, feminism has been defined as female empowerment, the recognition o

Ahmed B. Karim Antigone Essay (Is Antigone a Feminist/Anti-Feminist Play) Sunday, Oct. 31, 2000 I think Antigone was a feminist play because of three main facts. Antigone was in all the conflicts, even though Creon started them all, even though Creon had all the power, Antigone still won the war between her and Creon, also no woman in her time would even think of doing the things that Antigone did. Antigone was in all the conflicts, which include, Antigone vs. Creon, Antigone v

What is feminism? By general definition, feminism is a philosophy in which women and their contributions are valued. It is based on social, political and economical equality for women. Feminists can be anyone in the population, men, women, girl or boys. Feminism can also be described as a movement. A revolution that includes women and men who wish the world to be equal without boundaries. These boundaries or blockades are better known as discrimination and biases against gender, sexual or

Is Feminism really a theme in Ibsen’s, A Doll’s House ? In Ibsen’s A Doll’s House someone reading the book might say that feminism is a large theme in the story. But is it? I would have to say that it is. Throughout the play there are many examples of Torvald treating Nora badly and in a way insulting her because she’s a woman. He calls her little pet names, and says that she’s frail. Nora also does things according to what Torvald wants. Everything thing is done by his s

What is feminism? By general definition, feminism is a philosophy in which women and their contributions are valued. It is based on social, political and economical equality for women. Feminists can be anyone in the population, men, women, girl or boys. Feminism can also be described as a movement. A revolution that includes women and men who wish the world to be equal without boundaries. These boundaries or blockades are better known as discrimination and biases against gender, sexua

Final Composition-"Feminism" Women have a disease, a disease that will prevent them from ever achieving political, social or economic greatness. This "disease" is the need for independancy and self-respect or the lack there of. This is what we have come to know as feminism. Understand that the need for independany and self-respect isn't a real disease, I just used disease as a metaphor for how women go about trying to achieve them. "For nearly one hundred and fifty years women have foug

The issue I have chosen to cover is feminism. There are many different opinions and thoughts on this issue. Despite all the grumblings about feminism, 66% of men still feel they hold a more powerful position in society. But, within relationships, they concede, it is women who resolve the day to day issues, while men settle the life changing disputes (“Are you a normal guy?” 19). In the beginning, there was the “first wave”, the feminists of the late 19th and ear

The World According to Garp by John IrvingIn the novel The World According to Garp, by John Irving, feminism is both glorified and ridiculed. This is shown through the life of T.S. Garp and his family. When the author refers to Garp s mother Jenny, feminism is shown as a great thing that is totally for the benefit of women and all mankind. However, there are just as many times when the author shows how feminism led to people doing stupid things and acting as extremists, as in the case of

When discussing human communications, we view many ways to positively express oneself through verbal messages such as entertainment, education, and flirting. On the other hand, it seems there is a much larger amount of negative verbal communication presented to us in our everyday lives. For instance, sexism, racism and disconfirmation, just to name a few. Sexism is a term more widely looked at in today’s world due to the fact that we have more women in high paying roles and being on

In the novel The World According to Garp, by John Irving, feminism isboth glorified and ridiculed. This is shown through the life of T.S.Garp and his family. When the author refers to Garp's mother Jenny,feminism is shown as a great thing that is totally for the benefit ofwomen and all mankind. However, there are just as many times when theauthor shows how feminism led to people doing stupid things and actingas extremists, as in the case of the "Ellen Jamesians". Also, theevolution and de

Heidi Holland and Feminism in The Heidi Chronicles Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles attempts to demonstrate the futility of the women’s rights movement, and its incapacity to fulfill the needs of all women. We trace the main character, Heidi, from the time she develops an interest in men, 1964, to the time where she gives up on men and decides to fulfill her own needs for a family by adopting a child. Wasserstein shows the infiltrating changes in the life of American

Feminism Paper The goal of this paper is to describe and analyze gender inequality, focusing on the history of feminist ideas. I will start with a basic overview of the entire feminist movement, and will then analyze feminism more specifically. In this analysis I will focus on the different types of feminism. Most notably of these types will be the main groups that consist of socialist feminists, liberal feminists, and radical feminists. I will describe the goals and ideals of these gr

Feminism is defined as the belief that women and men are, and have been treated differently by society, and that women have frequently and systematically been unable to participate fully in all social arenas and institutions. It is also described as a desire to change that situation. In the play Lysistrata, women have absolutely no political rights. There is a war going on and one woman wants to put and end to it. It is my opinion the character Lysistrata can be viewed as a modern day fe

What is Women s Studies? Women s Studies explores a wide assortment of issues. Since the scope of topics that Women s Studies covers is so broad, it is difficult to come up with a solid definition that fully explains this subject. I believe that the central category of analysis in Women's Studies is gender. This subject examines the historically constructed understanding of what it means to be a "woman" or a "man." Women s Studies courses examine gender and women, drawing on a wide varie

Brazilian Feminism: The Struggle to Overcome Male Dominance For decades, women around the world have looked to each other for support and help in empowering the gender overall. In Brazil, for example, women have been making themselves heard and seen in the public arena since the early 1970’s. Brazilian feminism is a political action in which both theory and practice are incorporated. Moreover, it centers on women as agents effecting change in their conditions. They seek to create

For decades, women around the world have looked to each other for support and help in empowering the gender overall. In Brazil, for example, women have been making themselves heard and seen in the public arena since the early 1970 s. Brazilian feminism is a political action in which both theory and practice are incorporated. Moreover, it centers on women as agents effecting change in their conditions. They seek to create opportunities for women s political participation, demand better conditio

Q.1(b) Feminist approaches to sociological theory have developed out of historical sites of struggle for equality. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of four (4) different feminist theoretical orientations. Sociological theory is broadly concerned with structured forms of social inequality. Therefore, sociologist generally attempt to approach human behaviour and relations in terms of the particular social setting of different social groups, classes and etc. However, feminist critics of

Feminism Feminism can be roughly defined as a movement that seeks to enhance the quality of women’s lives by impacting the norms and moves of a society based on male dominance and subsequent female subordination. The means of change in the work place, politically, and domestically. Women have come a long way since the 19th century. Women have been trying to prove to the male dominant world that they are equal. They can perform and complete any tasks equal, or in some cases bett

In A Doll s House, Ibsen presents a view of the world that is unconventional to say the least. He breaks from tradition to compose a play that deals with what were at the time controversial social issues, and he presents a view of these issues that was highly unpopular. In A Doll s House as well as in many of his other plays from his modern period, Ibsen was criticized because he dared to break new ground and to challenge the accepted values of his society. So, was Ibsen s play a feminist w

Masculinity The definition of masculinity ; Is the fact of being a man or having qualities considered typical of a man. I was stuck in that sentence that what is the qualities considered typical of a man. What is the quality of man, what is considered as a typical of a man? 1. Identities According to Victor, since the 1960s the challenges of feminism made men feel uneasy and confused about their power and identity. Women insisted that men had also to be more emotionally involved in relat

Radical Feminism Inhibits the liberty of Women Since I was a really young child I was told that I could do anything that a boy could do. This chorus still rings loud in my ears today. This is the way many women are raised today. They are raised to be leaders and followers just like the other gender. The radical feminist, however, has one main mission in the world today to irradiate the male gender. This causes a problem because sometimes the line between feminist and radical feminist can be v

Feminism in Medea The play Medea by Euripides challenges the dominant views of femininity in the patriarchal society of the Greeks. While pursuing her ambition Medea disregards many of the feminine stereotypes/ characteristics of the patriarchal Greek society. She questions the inequality of women in a patriarchal society, contradicts Jason s chauvinist beliefs, challenges the stereotype that women are weak and passive and completely disregards the feminine role of motherhood. Feminism is th

Feminism was a very political movement during its first and second waves. Thenew Third Wave of feminism is quite different from the previous two. These threefeminist writers all shed light on the views of modern feminists. Katie Roiphe hascontributed to the New York Times Magazine and Playboy. She has also published twobooks, The Mourning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism on Campus, and more recently,Last Night in Paradise: Sex and Morals at the Century s End. Roiphe s essay TheIn

Feminism can be roughly described as a movement that seeks to enhance the quality of women’s lives by impacting the norms and moves of a society based on male dominance and subsequent female subordination. Although feminist literary writings began to gain popularity in the 20th century, feminist characters have been around for ages. “Feminist criticism’s self transformations over the past several decades as it engages with both critiques from within and encounters fr

"The Murder" "The Murder" by John Steinbeck is a classic look at life in the rural United States in the early nineteenth century. This story is a tale of a man and his wife from a foreign country, and the differences of their cultures. Irony is very prominent in this story, and it helps to illustrate a very poignant point on the anti-feminism during the time of the story. At this time, spousal abuse was not uncommon, and was pretty much standard practice. However, "The Murder" is neither

Relationship Between Civil Rights Movement and Feminist Agenda In this Essay I will examine relationship between Civil Rights Movement and how the feminist agenda of second wave feminism. Furthermore, I will explain how women shaped the Civil Rights Movement, and also how they redefined their own feminism because of the ways in which they interacted with the movement. In 1952, the separate but equal laws were once again challenged in the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topek

Feminism Views Women have always been a man’s dependent. These two sexes have never shared the world in equality. Even in our day and age women are still heavily suppressed. I would have to say that things have certainly changed since the 1700’s, 1800’s, and early 1900’s. Women today are progressing into the world with freedom. They have the power to be who they want to be and are no longer told who they should be. Women are getting better jobs, higher political status, and

Date rape is rape in which the rapist is known to the victim, as when they are on a date together. Date rape is also called acquaintance rape. The rate of date rape crimes are substantially high at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Rape occurs for several reasons. It can occur due to mixed signals given out from both parties. The male can be at fault if he is told to stop and does not. The female can also be put to blame, because some will say that she could h

The first description that the reader gets of Hester Prynne is that she is a woman of strength and beauty that was uncommon of the time. However, this seemingly perfect woman has one terrible flaw, the scarlet letter. This brand of sin slowly takes its toll on the femininity of Hester Prynne, transforming her from a woman of elegance to a woman stained with sin. As Hester Prynne steps out of the prison repelling the helping of hand of the beadle, the reader is instantly shocked by the natura

Jane Austen and her Women Jane Austen has been described as a feminist because of her portrayal of women in her novels. Pride and Prejudice has been the discussion of critics for many years. But more or less, her feminism relates to her background. During the Regency Period, women were not expected to maintain a life for themselves. They were influenced by their families to marry well in order to have a good future and be provided for. There was a strong emphasis placed on money

Proof of Feminism and Chauvinism in Beauty and The Beast Marian Belle is the main character, she lives with her father who is considered by the town a loony man therefore, Belle is also looked upon the town as being a little out of the ordinary. Even so, she is the most beautiful girl in the town, her name means beauty and it is shown with her wonderful appearance throughout the duration of the movie. Gaston a very courageous and dignified worrier, who is in love with Belle and wishe

By recognising that politics is a science not only of the public realm but also of the private, feminism shows itself to be an ideology that challenges conventional thought. As the question rightly states, it is feminists imparticular that oppose the division but this view has influenced many others to think in such a way about the public and private. In short, feminists believe that the plight of women can only be eased if the private sphere is opened up to political debate. Feminist

The play Medea by Euripides challenges the dominant views of femininity in the patriarchal society of the Greeks. While pursuing her ambition Medea disregards many of the feminine stereotypes/ characteristics of the patriarchal Greek society. She questions the inequality of women in a patriarchal society, contradicts Jason’s chauvinist beliefs, challenges the stereotype that women are weak and passive and completely disregards the feminine role of motherhood. Feminism is the bel

The Woman Named Zenobia In Hawthorne's story The Blithedale Romance, we are introduced to the character Zenobia. Zenobia is a wealthy woman who considers herself to be a feminist. She is always preaching her view of the woman's role in society. She is a woman who feels and speaks very passionately about the feminist's place in the world. This all seems to change as soon as Zenobia falls in love with Hollingsworth. After Zenobia begins spending more and more time with this man we sta

Feminism in John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums.” 750 word paper At first glance John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums” seems to be a story about a woman whose niche is in the garden. Upon deeper inspection the story has strong notes of feminism in the central character Elisa Allen. Elisa’s actions and feelings reflect her struggle as a woman trying and failing to emasculate herself in a male dominated society. Elisa is at her strongest and most proud in the garden and

In Feminism And Christian Ethics, Lisa Sowle Cahill argues that feminist ethics has much to offer Catholicism. For one, the main issues that concern feminist ethics are basically the same ones that make up Catholic identity. That is, how women and men define themselves in society, what means are available to them for attaining their ends- in short inter personal and social relations. Second, the founding principles that guide feminist ethics are rooted in the tradition of n

PART B- IS FEMINISM A HARMFUL IDEOLOGY? Describe two central moral issues. In Issue 4, "Is Feminism a Harmful Ideology?" I believe that the two central moral issues to this debate are as follows : (1) Is it immoral to infringe upon individual liberty (even if some other good can come of it)? (2) Is it immoral to discriminate based on sex (even if there are innate differences, which are relevant to the situation)? What makes these distinctly moral issues, as opposed to legal, relig

In learning about the feminist movement, we studied the three articles and discussed and reviewed the different authors perspectives on the topic and learned how important the role of woman in Greek Mythology. In presenting the feminist theory to the class we analyzed the three articles, Women in Ancient Greece; Women in Antiquity: New Assessments; and Women in Greek Myth, and discussed how although the three articles provided different views on Feminism in mythology, they all essential

Mary Wollstonecraft is held as being the first modern feminist. She was born in 1759 to a gentry farmer and an unloving mother and is said to have began her protests at an early age by protecting her mother from an abusive father and resenting her brother's favored position. She worked as a governess for a number of years however she chose to make an unconventional career as an editor and a journalist. In 1786 she wrote the Thoughts on the Education of Daughters and in 1790 published A Vindica

Would you say that the Wife of Bath is "pro-feminist," or "anti-feminist," or neither? Chaucer has chosen to project his views towards feminism through the wife and her views and attitudes. Many literary critics throughout the years have labeled the Wife of Bath a feminist. She is a strong-willed and dominant woman who gets what she wants when she wants it. However, this is not the definition of a feminist. A feminist is someone who believes that women and men are equal, while also is able to

In early societies, women bore children, cared for the home, and helped maintain the family's economic production. Men hunted, made war, and, in settled societies, assumed primary responsibility for field crop production. Male dominance, however, was important from the time of the earliest written historical records, probably as a result of men's discovery of their role in development of hunting and warfare as status activities. The belief that women were naturally weaker and inferior to men

Is Feminism Dead? What is feminism? There are many different interpretations of the word "feminism". However, most people agree that feminism is the theory that men and women should be equal politically, economically and socially. The feminist movement is a group of men and women who believe in feminism and are trying to eliminate the inequality between men and women. Feminism, as it was first known, has almost died out completely. Feminist groups today are integrating many

The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne uses diction and symbolism to show the negative effects of stifling conformity verses the positive empowerment found in embarrassing one’s own truth. He tries to impress upon his readers that an outsider whether from another physical location, or simply someone who thinks and acts outside that society’s definition of acceptable behavior can in fact facilitate positive change within that society regardless of the generation or society. The sec

For centuries, women have sought out to endow oneself and society; to implode fiction; to create clearinghouses of ideas without the interference of man. Alas, the glass ceiling is broke; the door unlocked. In A Room of One s Own, Virginia Woolf skillfully, using the technique of stream of consciousness, discusses the problems of women writers. The journey she reveals illuminates our own journeys. Through the powerful use of stylistic techniques, Woolf illustrates insightful views towards male

It can be said that 'the state' is a category of abstraction that is too aggregative, too unitary and too unspecific to be of much use in addressing the disaggregated, diverse and specific (or local) sites that must be of most pressing concern to feminists. (Allen 1990) The difficulty of any theory of 'the state' is an obvious one. 'The state' is a generalization that is constantly shifting and redefining 'itself' and the power paradigms that exist within 'it'. Therefore, it is difficult to a

The Beauty Myth, published by Doubleday in New York City, hit the shelves in 1992. Naomi Wolf wrote this 348-page book. Wolf attended Yale University and New College, Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her essays have been printed in many well-known magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the New York Times. The Beauty Myth was Wolf’s first book. She has also written two other books, Fire With Fire and Promiscuities. Wolf is a recognized feminist. She has d

In 1965, Clara Fraser and her second husband, Richard Fraser, helped lead the Seattle branch of the Socialist Workers Party in an exodus from the national organization. They founded the Freedom Socialist Party, which was marked by its commitment to women's liberation, African American freedom, revolutionary socialism, societal and organizational democracy, and principled politics. A turning point in the young party's development was the Frasers' divorce which split the ranks over whethe

Of what historic and contemporary concern is it that the architecture profession has been, and continues to be, strongly male dominated in Australia (currently 90% of registered architects in NSW are men). Ideally, what proportion of the profession should women occupy and why? From the start of human history, we always experience certain level of inequality between sexes. It can be seen everywhere around the world and is a concern to everyone, both men and women. This inequality is an

Equality for Woman Lucy Stone was one of the most important workers for suffrage and other women's rights. Born in 1818 on a farm in Massachusetts, Lucy grew up with an overbearing father that ruled the house and her mother "by divine right." She was disquieted by her mother's lowly role in the family. Lucy hungered for knowledge but was told by her father that was out of her sphere. Education was for men! Lucy did get her education. She was the first woman in Massachusetts to earn a