That feminism is irrelevant to young women today
Feminism IS relevant to young women today. Let’s take a moment to think about the topic that we have been given today. The negative team are arguing that feminism is irrelevant to young women at the present……right….so despite the fact that throughout history, women have faced many difficulties and have succeeded in overcoming them, feminism is irrelevant today….*intended pause*. Despite the fact that women have fought for equal rights – voting rights, working rights, sexism laws, and are still fighting workplace sexism. The fact that they are subjected to bullying (not that males are not), that they are subjected to violence, patriarchy….feminism is apparently irrelevant to the young women of the present. Does something not sound right about that? Feminism is VERY relevant to today’s society. We are here to discuss this topic, because there is a population of people who do not fully understand or fail to comprehend the importance of feminism in the young women of the present.
Good evening adjudicator, chairperson, fellow debaters, ladies and gentlemen. We, the affirmative team are here to ultimately convince you that feminism IS in fact, without a doubt, relevant to young women today.
We commend the negative team for their arguments, however we would like to point out a few of the flaws in the teams’ arguments. ……….REBUTTAL………..
Before I begin my arguments, I will introduce my team: Mariah, our second speaker will be speaking about...
Feminism Paper-Gender Inequality
Sociology 101-Graham Cook
March 17, 2014
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”
The issue of gender inequality is a publicly known problem which has been occurring in society for decades. Gender inequality still exists in today’s society. The problem of gender inequality can be seen most prominently through women’s representation in the media. In order to understand this issue, one must get to the root of this problem and comprehend the sociological factors which continuously contribute to the causes of women being misrepresented by the media in society. In comparison to our male counterparts, women are constantly being scrutinized by the media for the way they look. Women in society today are objectified as sex objects by mass media to appeal to the male viewer. Gender inequality and women’s representation in the media directly relates to the theory of radical feminism and how we still live in a patriarch cal society today. For instance, according to Lerner, “not only is patriarchy historically the first structure of domination and submission, it continues as the most pervasive and enduring system of inequality, the basic societal model of domination” (Ritzer, p. 219). As a result, of a male dominant society women are seen by men as unequal counterparts.
For decades, women have been represented in the media as the weaker sex and appear...
...ideas in order to study human environment, society and geogrpahical space. Feminism and poststructuralism encourage us to question the set of assumptions and socially constructed meanings that give rise to knowledge claims. Poststructuralism is a popular critique that challenges our representation between relationship and reality and is a direct response to the percieved ridgeties and certanties that are the main characteristics of strutualism. The main contributors to the poststructuralist critique were Jacques Derrida and Michel Faucault. In Geography poststructuralists adopt a critical stance towards all knowledge claims, and expose the conceptual scoffolding upon which knowledge claims rest. It states that meaning is created by discourse in that a specific series of representations through which meanings are produced generate knowledge, they insist that knowledge is situated and limited they have recognised and been honest about the contingency of geographical claims while they consider they way they ahv e been socialised to view the world and realise that knowledge is based on experience.
Feminism similarly has a profound impact on how assumptions can influence opinions or perspective on gender binaries and nature/culture dichotomies. Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing and defending equal political, economical and social rights for women. Feminism focuses on...
...Feminism and multiculturalism is about diversity and, protecting the rights of women and the minority community in our society. It is not about division, and the direction, nor about isolation (NIMAC Report, 1999). Moreover it is about the equality of opportunities for all members of groups that participate in and benefit from economic and social lives. During this paper, I ask myself whether feminism can be genuinely multicultural. The difference betweenfeminism and multiculturalism is the rights for minority cultures and the different concepts and conflicts which have risen. I will be discussing how the 20th century is accepting the movement for liberation of women, but is this enough to determine whether feminism is genuinely multicultural.
Multiculturalism arose from the debates over the issues of discrimination and equality in 1973 in Canada. This was a time to draw attention to national unity and purpose. In 1960 and 1970 was the period where the concept of a family was effective in a diversity society. Multiculturalism concentrated on diversity as well as differences between what culture should be and, how it is respected for the society but as well as for the law and the democratic institutions. The migration period in Australia in the last fifty years, has ethnic, minority groups as well as a religious group’s clash with the moralities of equality. National Multicultural Advisory Council...
...that… It is clear that Feminism is very divided over their views, their core aims remain the same however the extent to which some want to go is far greater than others.
AGREE-all are concerned to advance the social and political role of women-patriarchal structures can be challenged or overthrown-female emancipation
LIBERALS-rooted in individualism(equal moral worth) and giving women a choice. Demand for equal rights:all individuals are entitled to participate in public/political life.-Wollstonecraft-education for women. Patriarchy has come about from unequal distribution of rights. To brake it women should be in more senior positions. Reformist-open up public life. Don’t want to eradicate the public-private split-maintain women’s personal freedom of choice. Equal rights in public sphere-education, career, vote etc. Private sphere is a place of personal choice. Gender equality-political and economic-liberation // men and women have different natures and indications-lean towards family and domestic life-natural impulses-willing choice.
RADICALS-Appeared in the 2nd wave of...
...and competition. They mainly focus on market choice and value for money in today’s education. Education, since is formal existence, has always seen a gender divide in the achievement of young people and there is many studies that link gender to education and achievement.
Feminists analyse the school curriculum from a gendered perspective. Feminist argue that education plays a major role in promoting gender inequalities in society through classroom interactions, labeling and school curriculum. They highlight the existence of a gendered curriculum within schools. Since the 1944 Butler Act they have been concerned with the discrimination of girls and the difference in exam results between boys and girls The different branches within feminism offer different degrees on how this is.
Liberal Feminists see that sex discrimination should be tackled through education legislation and policies and has had some success in highlighting these inequalities through the work of the Equal Opportunities Commission. They see this as being enough to combat the problems within education due to gender but Radical and Marxist feminists feel this is only the surface of the problem and it is much deeper.
Radical feminists emphasise a conflict between men and women. They see men as in the dominant position within the education system to further their own interests and this patriarchy is their main problem. Their main goal is to eradicate patriarchal control and free women....
...Feminism is the fight for equality, freedom, respect and dignity for all women/principle of gender equality. In today’s modern world context, where women are perceived to be of equal status of men, many people may believe that there is already not a need for the practice of feminism. However, I feel that in all aspects of life and society, there is still a need for feminism due to the societal expectations, the dynamic characteristic of societies, as well as inequality and differences between men and women.
Despite all the efforts of feminists, gender inequality is still present in today’s world. Women are generally perceived as the weaker sex in many domains. The fact that they are the ones who are subject to domestic violence and sexual assault shows the lack of respect shown to them. Women are sometimes poorly represented in society and law as well. This can be seen from the significant gap between men and women in leadership positions, and in governments or parliaments. Female representation in Parliament in Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and even Singapore has not exceeded 19%.
Lack of equality is also evident in the workplace, where women often do not have equal opportunities and benefits and a level playing field as men. One reason that some employees are not keen on employing women is because of the fact that women may have to give birth to children at some point in time. Giving birth will mean maternity leave...
...As the rise of feminism advanced and reaped enormous benefits such as advancements in women rights, equality amongst men and equality within the work force, however, had failed to advance outdated ideologies that decayed societal progress creating gender and identity oppression. As feminism had risen, leaving behind the bigger problem, the epidemic of institutional and identity oppression were omnipresent in that contemporary world is a testament to this claim. Institutional oppression is the systematic mistreatment of people within a social identity group, enforced and supported by the society and its institutions, based on the person’s membership and social identity within a social group. Although varying in magnitude, institutional oppression persists in developed and underdeveloped societies, whether a feminist or not, whether white or African American. The question arises; can one be a feminist without fundamentally challenging and changing Institutional oppression? This paper will outline the key components of Institutional oppression with reference to Bell Hooks and Barb Thomas, namely racism, sexism and identity oppression that I came across within the readings.
As Bell hooks introduces, feminism being a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression. She gives us an insight on the rise of feminism and how feminism advanced overtime and the problems faced. Followed by, ignoring yet...
...Feminism present in “The Yellow Wall Paper” by Charlotte Gillman & “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid Gender equality has been a prevalent theme writer’s use to deliver their own personal views on the female role in society. This is the case in both “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman. Kincaid and Gillman use their works to present a feminist approach on women’s roles and societal standings in their respective eras. Feminism can be defined as a diverse collection of social theories, moral philosophies and political movements, fundamentally motivated by/ concerning the experiences of women. These experiences have a tendency to revolve around women’s social, political and economic standings. As a social movement, feminism mainly focuses on limiting or eliminating gender inequality and promoting women’s rights, interests’ and issue in society.
Feminist literary criticism is literary criticism informed by feminist theory or by the politics of feminism more broadly. Its history has been broad and varied. Kincaid and Gillman are two of many writers whose works adopt this criticism as a way in which to discuss their respected lives pertaining to the view and treatment of women by their societies.
In the most common and simple terms, feminist literary criticism before the 1970s (in the first and second waves of feminism) was concerned with the politics of women's authorship...