Feminism Essays & Term Papers

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MTV and THE MADONNA PHENOMENON Madonna s intuitive grasp on the televisual world in which we live- of the medium s possibilities for engaging spectators in diverse ways- that in part accounts for her success. She is the supreme television heroine. (E. Ann Kaplan 271) What are the main theories which we have studied so far and how have they affected how you view television? - This is the question which this paper is supposed to answer. Obviously there is not enough ti

Feminism in Jane Erye Feminism is a very contradictory theme throughout literary history. It does not have to be seen as a complete rebellion against men, but can simply represent intelligence and self-worth in a female. This philosophy is shown in many of the works of Charlotte Bronte. She uses independence as a “keynote in her thinking about her own life and the life of all unmarried women” (Ewbank 157). One such work is Jane Erye. In this novel Charlotte Bronte personifies her

Television commercials to the average person are a form of entertainment. They are also a way for people to see what is being sold out there in the real world. To a critic television commercials are much more than that. Depending what critical approach the critic uses he or she will analyze the television commercials differently. I decided to challenge myself and instead of using an approach that I knew about I used one that I knew little about. In my discussion of television commercia

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 menand women should be equal politically, economically and socially. The feministmovement is a group of men and women who believe in feminism and are tryingto eliminate the inequality between men and women. Feminism, as it was first known, has almost died out completely. Feministgroups today are integrating many more

Feminism in John Steinbeck s The Chrysanthemums. 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 becomes weak when placed in feminine po

Physiological differences provide the material base of status between the two sexes, but it is the determined processes of social practices that transform these sexes into genders. Male and female beings, once given enough time to socially develop, become a product of what society teaches and enforces them to be. From the clothes that they wear, to the assertion of their personality, to the very pronoun that they are referred to as, men and women become socially prevalent definitions

Fight for the Female Margaret Atwood, a contemporary Canadian author, has been classified as one of this century’s' most feminist, and near dystopian novelists. Her works illustrate how feminism has caused the downfall of contemporary society. Margaret Atwood, a prominent feminist author of the twentieth century, is driven by her sense of social reform and her realistic view of a disturbed society to produce works such as The Handmaids Tale. Atwood was born on November 18, 1943 i

Charles Darwin And Imperialism England went through dramatic changes in the 19th century. English culture, socio-economic structure and politics where largely influenced by the principles of science. Many social expressions occurred due to these changes. Transformations which categorized this time period could be observed in social institutions; for instance: the switch from popular Evangelicalism to atheism, emergence of feminism and the creation of new political ideologies (Liberalism, Conse

Insanity and Feminism in the Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman reflects the intense struggle with of a woman during the late 1800’s. However, as the story unfolds, we realize the reasons for this insanity and the connections of this breakdown to the main character’s husband, John. What we discover is the way women were treated during the late 1800’s and the significance of this treatment on their lives. The story cl

Charles Darwin And Imperialism England went through dramatic changes in the 19th century. English culture, socio-economic structure and politics where largely influenced by the principles of science. Many social expressions occurred due to these changes. Transformations which categorized this time period could be observed in social institutions; for instance: the switch from popular Evangelicalism to atheism, emergence of feminism and the creation of new political ideologies (L

Major Problems in American Women s History is a collection of documents and essays that are primarily about the role women took in American history. I was assigned to read chapter 14: Women and the Feminine Ideal in Postwar America, and chapter 15: Political Activism and Feminism in the 1960s and Early 1970s. Chapter 14 was compiled of six documents and three essays. All of which describes the atmosphere and obstacles women in the postwar era had to endure. The first document was an artic

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens - Alice Walker When the poet Jean Toomer walked through the South in the early twenties, he discovered a curious thing: black women whose spirituality was so intense, so deep, so unconscious, they were themselves unaware of the richness they held. They stumbled blindly through their lives: creatures so abused and mutilated in body, so dimmed and confused by pain, that they considered themselves unworthy even of hope. In the selfless abstractions their bodie

Almost every story is a reflection or a past experience of its author s life. Every author, often even unconsciously, leaves a trace of his own psyche in his or her work. Moreover, it is the purpose of literature to tell about life.According to our assignment, my partner and I will try to show how Doris Lessing s life experience influenced one of her own stories, The Old Chief Mshlanga, which we chose, and how the chosen story reflects Doris Lessing s life in its symbols.Doris Lessing, t

Willa Cather’s Feminist Tendencies Willa Cather tends to portray static characters with little depth, yet she seems to approach her female characters with an air of liberalism that allows for a more well-rounded exploration of society than is found in the works of other conteporary authors. Cather depicts women as both the classic “mother woman” and the independent individual. Allowing her to free the female character from heir reliance on men. Her women are not just mothe

Both men and woman have intentions and act, so both are capable of virtue. Virtue ethics as a theory of morality has existed, most notably, since Aristotle. Courage is one such virtue and to display this persons need to experience fear and perceive danger. The circumstances surrounding an act of courage need to be proportionate to perceived risk to avoid the activity becoming an enterprise of foolishness. Also the potential costs associated with the risk must be proportionate to th

According to the writers in chapter, “Gender Stereotyping And the Media”, gender stereotypes are harmful to men and women. Gender stereotypes set impossible standards for men and women that lead to unhappiness, loneliness and possibly violence towards themselves. Stereotypes affect relationships between a man and a woman. Moreover, stereotypes dictate the behavior of boys and girls that lead to violence. Rather than combating gender stereotypes, our society reinforces stereo

Influence of Hip-Hop Controversy has always been a prominent characteristic of popular music throughout the twentieth century. Whether it be the controversy surrounding Elvis' swinging hips, the Doors' suggestive lyrics, or Alice Cooper's stage antics, this controversy always seems to be followed by undue criticism from the media. One form of musical expression that has been in the news recently because of its negative attention is hip-hop. Rap, a relatively new form of musical expos

Historically, women have been relegated to a limited role in society. In our male dominated culture, a considerable number of people view the natural role of women to be that of mothers and wives. Thus, for many, women are assumed to be more suited for childbearing and homemaking than for involvement in public life. Despite these widespread and governing beliefs, women, frustrated and tired of their inferiority and subordination, began seeking personal and political equality, inclu

A WOMAN SUPPORTING HER MAN There is nothing enduring in life for a woman, except what she builds in a man s heart. This quote by Judith Anderson provides a very accurate description of the role a woman was expected to play in med-evil times. This is the time frame in which Marie de France wrote the lay she called Eliduc. While it is a decent story, it is hardly distinguishable from all other med-evil stories except in one instance the role of a woman. Though the story revolves around her hus

Caged In: Breaking Through the Walls of Oppression Held back, caged, strangled, deprived, and hurt. These words begin to describe the feelings that are stressed in Gilman s The Yellow Wallpaper . Women have made incredible progress since 1892 when Gilman s short story was written. Charlotte Perkins Gilman knew that women were desperate for gender equality. In The Yellow Wallpaper, the narrator tries desperately to free an imaginary, imprisoned woman from that repellant, almost revolti

Introduction Western female thought through the centuries has identified the relationship between patriarchy and gender as crucial to the women¡¦s subordinate position. For two hundred years, patriarchy precluded women from having a legal or political identity and the legislation and attitudes supporting this provided the model for slavery. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries suffrage campaigners succeeded in securing some legal and political rights for women in the UK. By the

IntroductionWestern female thought through the centuries has identified the relationship between patriarchy and gender as crucial to the women s subordinate position. For two hundred years, patriarchy precluded women from having a legal or political identity and the legislation and attitudes supporting this provided the model for slavery. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries suffrage campaigners succeeded in securing some legal and political rights for women in the UK. By the mid

The Theme Behind the Novel While reading the novel Eva’s Man, written by Gayle Jones, an evident theme is established. This is a twisted story of love and betrayal in the engrossing psychological portrait of Eva Medina Canada. The author intertwines recollection of actual events and imaginativeness to expose an existence plagued by sexual and emotional revilement. It is a narrative which will definitely remain in one’s mind, long after the cover of the book has been closed. The a

Her first play, A Raisin In the Sun, is based on her childhood experiences of desegregating a white neighborhood. It won the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award as Best Play of the Year. She was the youngest American, the fifth woman and the first black to win the award. Her success opened the floodgates for a generation of modern black actors and writers who were influenced and encouraged by her writing. Hansberry was born in 1930, the youngest of four children of Carl and Nannie Hansberry

Throughout most of history women generally have had fewer legal rights and career opportunities than man. Wife hood and motherhood were regarded as women's most significant professions. In the 20th century, however, women in most nations have gained the right to vote and have increased their educational job opportunities ( WIC, 1). Most important women have fought for and have accomplished to a degree their view of their role in society. Women are no longer considered naturally weaker than me

( This essay is a response to Benhabib. ) EDUCATION, DISCOURSE, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF IDENTITY 1 In order to see some of the strengths and weakness of identity politics as an approach to thinking about education, we need to make a distinction that is implicit, but not explicit, in Seyla Benhabib s essay. For there are at least two distinct conceptions of identity politics at work in her discussion, and criticisms appropriate to one may not apply to the other. The first perspective consid

It would be hard to define the word utopia in a manner that could relate to everybody. There are just too many types of people out there with different perceptions of what is ideal. So, instead of focusing on every group of people and their thoughts and ideas on utopia, I have decided to focus on how the individuals of Shakespeare's time have changed immensely to what people today think of as utopia. I have gained some of my information from the plays of Shakespeare as his stories, although

Feminist Backlash: The Unconscious Undermining of Genuine Equality American people come in a variety of shapes and sizes; their thoughts, fears, and convictions differ widely. It is usually necessary for Americans to choose a status in politics and community; but it is obvious that among specific groups and organizations, a person’s beliefs and opinions differ dramatically from the next. Feminist groups, specifically in the last twenty years, have announced their view of members

We may yet live to see the day when women will no longer be news! And it cannot come too soon. I want to be a peaceful, happy, normal human being, pursuing my unimpeded way through life, never having to explain, defend, or apologize for my sex. - Nellie McClung 1929 Throughout her life, Nellie McClung strove to improve the quality of life not just for women but for all Canadians. Her principle aim was to achieve recognition and acceptance of women who had traditionally been denied a rol

One of the greatest female authors of all time, Virginia Woolf, produced a body of writing respected worldwide. Driven by uncontrollable circumstances and internal conflict, her life was cut short by suicide. Her role in feminism, along with the personal relationships in her life, influenced her literary works. Virginia's relationships throughout her life contributed, not only to her literature, but the quality of her life as well. Perhaps the greatest influence in Virginia's life is her m

Jane Austen, the author of Pride and Prejudice, holds feminist views and uses the novel to show her opinions about women’s issues. Pride and Prejudice is a personal essay, a statement of Jane Austen’s feelings about the perfect lady, marriage, and the relationship between the sexes. Jane Austen’s characters, plot, and dialogue are biased to reflect her beliefs. The biased process and importance of marriage are introduced with the first line of the book. Jane Austen writes: It

Women's Rights, guarantees of political, social, and economic equality for women in a society that traditionally confers more status and freedom to men. Among these rights are control of property, equality of opportunity in education and employment, suffrage, and sexual freedom. The women's rights movement, also known as feminism and women's liberation, arose in Europe in the late 18th century. Although by 1970 most women throughout the world had gained many rights according to law, in fa

Feminist Movement It was in the mid-1800s when the first signs of the feminist movement came about. In 1861, a man named John Stuart Mill wrote The Subjection of Women, which was said to have spawned the ideology of the Women s Rights Movement. He discussed the role of women is society during that time, pointing out how the patriarchy placed such an intense limit on what women could do. Patriarchy is the system in which the male race governs societal views, and this practice has been in ex

"Feminist" While surfing the Internet yesterday I came across an article discussing women and their role in a changing society. The article, which was written by Karin Crosbie, stated that although women have come a long way in the field of women's rights, there is still a long way to go. Crosbie stated that she is a feminist, and as a feminist it is her responsibility to see that action is taken to further the cause of the women by any means necessary. She explains that women should not h

Women s Rights The role of women in the many reform movements from eighteen to the nineteen hundreds, was a time of major change. Before this time all women were was possessions to their husband, they did only house work and cooked. After that time they became educated and learned that there was more to life that what they had known. As any human has acted in the past, women started to rise up and demand more, not just for themselvs but of the world around them. About the mid nineteen thi

It was in the mid-1800s when the first signs of the feminist movement came about. In 1861, a man named John Stuart Mill wrote The Subjection of Women, which was said to have spawned the ideology of the Women’s Rights Movement (Ryan 11). He discussed the role of women is society during that time, pointing out how the patriarchy placed such an intense limit on what women could do. Patriarchy is the system in which the male race governs societal views, and this practice has b

It was in the mid-1800s when the first signs of the feminist movement came about. In 1861, a man named John Stuart Mill wrote The Subjection of Women, which was said to have spawned the ideology of the Women’s Rights Movement (Ryan 11). He discussed the role of women is society during that time, pointing out how the patriarchy placed such an intense limit on what women could do. Patriarchy is the system in which the male race governs societal views, and this practice has been

Difference in Response to “The Doll House A Doll’s House is a play written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879 depicting the marriage between Nora and Torvald Helmer. Nora and Torvald fell in love with the conceptions of each other, not their real selves, which in the end causes the marriage to fall apart when they are faced with reality. A Doll’s House is set in nineteenth-century Europe. It is the story of Nora, a typical housewife and Torvald, her husband. They have three children and

“No one else is free while others are oppressed”, states Martin L. King. It is an essential claim that women are oppressed. What is oppression? Oppression is the subjugation by one group to another group. By being oppressed you are being denied your human right to be an equal. Equality should not be an unattainable ideal that is only imagined in a far off place. Equality should be realistic and true. However, is equality just an unrealistic ideal for women in today’s society?

There are many different types of feminists. Not all of them, however, are women. There are many male feminists as well. Even though feminists share a common goal, they don t always agree on the same approach to that goal. Likewise, they don t always share the same opinions about topics such as the inequalities between the sexes. Male feminists and female feminists sometimes agree on the causes of women s and men s inequality, and sometimes they disagree. Elizabeth Cady Stanton played a

Criticism. The word just looks scary, and it s something most people are a little afraid to receive. However, I am afraid to give criticism. As the only male Women s Studies major on this campus, and the only male student who wants to learn about Feminist Theory, I ve learned very quickly to know my role . This course has served as a wake-up call to me that I am an outsider in the feminist movement and that this movement is not my movement. So for me to criticize a movement that I m de

A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner is a unique piece of literature. It has a plot which seems somewhat bland, and it is not particularly exciting. However, the ending is quite suprising, and for me it made the story worth reading. I think there are some interesting aspects of this story if you look at it from a feminist point of view. The feminist movement has attempted to elevate the status of the woman to a level equal with men. Feminists have fought for the right of women to b

1st. Because she was woman. 2d. Because she was an inspired woman. 3d. Because she enlarged the scope of religious experience. 4th. Because she unfolded a principle, an idea which no man, not even Jesus, had announced, or, perhaps, surmised. (Mother Ann Lee The Messiah p.63) Ann Lee, born in 1736, left no written documents that attest to her beliefs. Ann was born to poverty in Manchester, England. As a young adult, she worked many years as an assistant in the clothing industry with no e

In today s society, a woman has the opportunity to perceiver and flourish in whatever she chooses to do, whether it be a housewife or the CEO of a major corporation. America is free country in which people are entitled to go after their dreams, the American dream. Our nation is founded on the sense that anyone can achieve what their mind can conceive, and what their heart can believe. While it might be harder for women to succeed in today s fast moving society, it is still a possibility. A

The Awakening - connection to the Women's Movement through Edna Pontellier The Women s Movement was a long and strenuous battle. The battle included more than just letters, as books, pamphlets, marches, and many more activities were planned and executed. Just one of the thousands upon thousands of works used in the Women s Movement, was The Awakening. The Awakening is a large supporter of the Women s Movement as seen through Edna Pontellier s actions and thoughts. Edna shows her disconten

Gender or Sex: Gender Theory Gender Theory seems to be quite simple on an external level. When one thinks of gender they think of being entirely, or encompassing the characteristics of, the male or female species. Gender Theory calls for more than just thinking about gender in a very dichotomous way, it entails the separation of sex and gender; essentially dismissing the roles prescribed to a certain sex by which gender category they are associated, thus explaining why women have been

The Wife of BathChaucer portrays the Wife of Bath as if she is a hypocrite, although, beneath the words, there is a great deal of wisdom involved. The approach that I take, is the view that this tale is advice for women to take. This tale teaches women that there are times one should be a feminist and times you should not. If a women would be a feminist all her life, she probably wouldn't get anywhere in her life or with any man. If a woman were not to have a feministic character anytime

Try Collegiate Care Women and Spirituality What we find as an original response to existences meaning is the belief in a greater being or higher power, eg. God, that we serve and obey in the trade for a fruitful, everlasting life. This can be connected to the theory of the Earth-Mother. The female in nature was intended to represent reoccurring life. Ancient people held the belief that they would return to the body of the womb of mother earth and then be given a new life. This

Women and Spirituality What we find as an original response to existences meaning is the belief in a greater being or higher power, eg. God, that we serve and obey in the trade for a fruitful, everlasting life. This can be connected to the theory of the Earth-Mother. The female in nature was intended to represent reoccurring life. Ancient people held the belief that they would return to the body of the womb of mother earth and then be given a new life. This ancient belief is similar t

Shall I Compare my Poem to a Women? When we talk about sex we can mean one of two things. One is being physical with someone else and two to say whether a person is a man or a woman. People contain physical characteristics which distinguishes them from either being man or women. The sex of someone is what a person is and the gender of a person is how he or she present and express themselves. They can act more feminine or more masculine. Typically the women are more feminine and the males