Andre BagwellEnglish 1020March 20, 2012Project III                           “Feminist Movement Good or Bad”        Women ...
In order to evaluate the state of the feminism movement, we must evaluate what isfeminism and why the movement began? Is h...
According to Susan James a radical feminist, “Feminism is grounded on the beliefthat women are oppressed or disadvantaged ...
injustices of women. Many women feel that the traditional role of women was not unjust,just different men. The research pr...
for equal rights. They are currently fighting for equal pay for equal work. The results ofthis latest fight seem promising...
Work CitedSally Haslanger and Nancy Tuana, “Topics in Feminism”, (2011)www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO5yPkSB8JUFeminism.com    ...
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  1. 1. Andre BagwellEnglish 1020March 20, 2012Project III “Feminist Movement Good or Bad” Women have suffered throughout history; they were unable to get an education,restricted to domesticated work, subservient to the husband, unable to vote, and clearlyconsidered second class citizens. As a result, the feminism movement started andcatapulted an historic movement that helped ease the struggles of woman. Thesemovements have different phases and have been very successful at achieving andobtaining the rights women have long deserved. At the same time, the breakdown in thefamily units has risen, marriages are now terminated at much higher rates and lesbianand homosexual behaviors have soured. Many famous leaders have fought to achievethese rights but have failed to answer the consequences associated with them. From thislong struggle, women have conquered many obstacles but mostly through the hard workof radicals in feminism. This poses a dilemma that all women do not believe in radicalfeminism and do not support their beliefs. Many Anti-feminists groups were form thatconsists of men and women who address these issues. As a result, much controversy hasarisen as to the state of the feminism movement today. These concerns have raised manyquestions, but in particular, what are the pro’s and con’s associated with the feminismmovement, and which outweighs the other? 1
  2. 2. In order to evaluate the state of the feminism movement, we must evaluate what isfeminism and why the movement began? Is homosexual lesbian behavior more commonnow than ever before? And is the fact that the male role has been diminished the cause ofanti-feminist groups forming throughout the world? The roles of feminism are many, andboth men and women agree and disagree the same, making this subject controversial andworthy of exploration and evaluation. The first wave feminism movement is considered to cover time periods from themid 19th century until the passing of the fourteenth amendment in 1920, and the secondmovement covers the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Some scholars consider feminism tocurrently be in phase three, the women can have it all phase. These movementscollectively has brought about significant change to how women function in society.According to the Authors of “Topics in feminism” Sally Haslanger and Nancy Tuanaprovides two different definitions of feminism. The first definition describes feminism ashistorically specific political movements in the United States and Europe that addressedinequalities against women, the other definition refers to the belief that there areinjustices against women not associated with any political movements. Both definitionsaddress the concerns of male dominance and how women can, through protest, “changethe injustices against them even though there is no consensus on the exact list of theseinjustices”(Haslanger and Tuana 3). Since the late 1800’s until now the feminismmovements are considered to have occurred in waves. It is important to understand thereasoning behind the movements because how twisted it can become. 2
  3. 3. According to Susan James a radical feminist, “Feminism is grounded on the beliefthat women are oppressed or disadvantaged by comparison with men, and that theiroppression is in some way illegitimate or unjustified”. The authors of “Topics inFeminism” contest that this general characterization make people want to believe that allwomen are oppressed and would not consider that feminism could be positive. Thisexample explains how the topic could sway a persons personal beliefs. Radical feministhave controlled this movement like this since around the 1950’e time frame. Many women since through education and personal convictions disagree with theradicals and have turned to what is called choice feminism. This concepts has the beliefthat women have the choice to chose what they want. They can excel in the work placeor become the best home makers ever. These changes have come about with theknowledge of the rise in lesbian relationships, the negative behaviors of children raised inbroken homes, and the rise in the divorce rate since the movement began. Choicefeminism sets no boundaries and allows for women to simply choose. In the article onewomen says she completed a Doctorates degree but chose to become a traditional wifeand homemaker because of her biological convictions. In the article “Topics in Feminism” Anti-feminist address the concerns associatedwith what is considered equal rights for women. This article addresses the biologicaldifferences between men and women and what factors contributed to the traditional roleseach played in the household. They also address the disagreements between justice and 3
  4. 4. injustices of women. Many women feel that the traditional role of women was not unjust,just different men. The research proves that two women who consider themselves asfeminist can address the same issue and have distinctly different views (Jagger 1994).These facts convolute the topic significantly because all women do not believe in thesame thing. Feminism has become so wide spread that many different types exist today.Radical and Choice feminist are both feminism but play by different sets of rules. Choicefeminist recognize the negatives associated with being radical. They are concerned withthe serious breakdown in family values and the alarming rates of divorce since the secondwave of the feminism movement began. Radical feminist have achieved many justices forwomen but at the same time have unintentionally stripped some women of the securitythey enjoyed during the pre-radical feminism movement. Anti-feminism groups formed in retaliation to the power women have gainedsince the beginning of the movement. They believe much has been accomplished;however, many negative factors have resulted as well. Such as, the break down of thefamily unit, homosexuality, self esteem, sexuality, abortion, single family homes,multiple fathers, pornography, etc. Although women have accomplished much neededequality between sexes, many people feel the movement has gone too far, and because ofthis, society is worse off. According to Feminism.com, Women have made all the necessary steps to fight 4
  5. 5. for equal rights. They are currently fighting for equal pay for equal work. The results ofthis latest fight seem promising. But when does it end many anti groups ask. Theysupport their argument with the statics behind the fall of the family unit. Women are notplaying close attention to the children nor the husband. As a result cultural changes beganto noticeably occur. Divorce rates started to climb, the number of single women havingbabies rose, and a sexual revolution appeared to be taking place. . Since the family units are collapsing in big numbers, this would havedevastating negative results for society as a whole in a considerably very short period oftime. I feel women have accomplished a lot through feminism and they have rightfullywon many battles. At the same time the numbers associated with the decline in familyand the increase in abortion, homosexuality, etc, can’t be ignored. Some of the anti-feminist consider themselves as answers to the problem and should be listened too. Theamount of energy expended fighting for female rights should now be used to answer theproblems associated with the decline in the family unit and the other woes associatedwith it. 5
  6. 6. Work CitedSally Haslanger and Nancy Tuana, “Topics in Feminism”, (2011)www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO5yPkSB8JUFeminism.com 6

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