The purpose of this paper is to explain the following terms in detail: radical feminism; socialist feminism; rape; masculinities; violence; sexual harassment; biology is not destiny; and negative feminist stereotypes. I have chosen to discuss the two feminist theories that were previously mentioned due to the fact that they both focus heavily on the oppression of men in society, as well as the evident gender division between the sexes. I have chosen to focus on the six concepts that were previously mentioned because they focus on how women are oppressed, and mistreated in society.
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Woman are known as the passive gender, who nurture and care for their children. When thinking about sexuality, men who are homosexual, or bisexual, are labeled as passive because they are exhibiting the stereotypical traits of a woman. Men who show to be more caring, and compassionate are seen as less accepted in today’s society due to the fact that those traits are stereotyped to women (Calixte et al., 2009).
The issue that this theory has helped me have a deeper understanding of is female exploitation through pornography. When looking into pornography as one of the main types of female exploitation, it is evident that the sexualized representations of women are under the power of men. Radical feminism states that women are seen as sexual objects. These unfair representations have also affected younger women, creating the belief that they too are sexual objects (Calixte et al., 2009).
Social feminists have three main goals. The first goal is to allow women to be less dependent on men in the economy, therefore inheriting their own sense of independence. The second goal of social feminism is to create an environment within the home where the domestic work does not depend solely on the women. This means that the domestic work is equally divided between both the male and the female. The last goal is to separate the noticeable gender division in the work force. In addition to the work force, socialist feminists try to get rid of unequal pay between men and women, due to the fact that this is the reason that women are more dependent on men (Calixte et al., 2009).
Socialist feminist theory is important to the students of the Gender and Women’s studies because it focuses on capitalism and patriarchy in a male-dominated society and how women are affected by both these systems. It also encourages the students to stand up for their rights, and not accept the unequal wages that are given to them, thus giving the females more independence. As for the household, it allows the students to evaluate their own household and determine whether patriarchy plays a strong role in their families. This will allow the students to gather ideas about what they may want for their future and how to handle situations that involve a strong source of patriarchy (Calixte et al., 2009).
When thinking about gender, the socialist theory offers us a clear division between the males and females in the workforce, as well as in the home. Women are seen as dependent on men whose work out of the house is highly acknowledged, whereas a woman’s domestic work within the household is hardly recognized. If the woman in the household is employed out of the house the woman’s position ranks lower than the males, therefore the pay is less. The male is the dominant sex in the workforce as well as the household (Calixte et al., 2009).
The issue that this theory has helped me have a deeper understanding of is the male domination in the work force. When thinking about...