FEMINISM


  • Feminism is a principle advocating the social, political and all other rights of women equal to those of men
  • Sex and gender issues which focus on the way women have been disadvantaged and discriminated against in society
  • Most theories have emphasized that men have dominated the decisions made in society and that the results are unjust
  • One of the main issue's today is that social institutions refuses to recognize and change the sexism that is present in our society
  • Liberal feminists- they believe that social institutions need to be made more accepting and welcoming to women and their influences on society
  • Marxian feminists- they believe that womens minimized and unfair domestic work has made it possible to pay male staff lower salaries. This has also lead to the domination of the capitalist class
  • Radical feminists- systematic oppression of women is a result of men exploiting womens natural child-bearing role; this is is known as a patriarchy society. Because the patriarchy is so anchored in current institutions, womens position cannot be altered to equal the position of men.
  • Socialist feminists- they try to isolate the issues of oppression that are the product of patriarchy and those that are the product of capitalism.
  • Some critics have indicated that the feminist approach overemphasizes gender as the key determinant in society. Gender is a key factor in the determination of who holds power and who doesn't, however it is not the only factor.
  • Several feminist organizations have tried to represent the interests of women of all backgrounds. At one point in time feminist writers were struggling on whether to focus all their energy on obtaining new freedoms for heterosexual women, or if they should fight for the rights of lesbian women as well.