All Women Should Be Feminists

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Jenieca Jansz TA: Niels Feuerhahn WMST-1000 November 9, 2010 “All Women Should be Feminists” The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl” (Chisholm, Shirley). Whether male or female it is evident that there are numerous differences between the two sexes. Men are often portrayed as dominant and providing while women are seen as nurturing, and sensitive. These differences ultimately lead to inequalities within society. Because women are sometimes stereotyped as the weaker sex, they become disadvantaged and don’t share many of the privileges men are given. This is why feminism is such an important matter today. Feminism is a broad social movement that strives for equality for women and seeks to end of sexism in all forms (Topics in Feminism). However, negative attitudes toward feminism have continued to exist. Feminists are often stereotyped as angry, man-hating, unattractive women who scream absurdly about their political views. These stereotypes make women feel embarrassed to call themselves feminists (Stereotypes about Feminism). It is essential that all women consider themselves feminists simply because women are still being oppressed today and there is a need for equality. To begin, women should not be ashamed to call themselves feminists because women are still being oppressed today. Our culture believes women should be dependent on men and this forms a belief that women need men to survive. Society is plagued with the maltreatment of women such as domestic, verbal and physical abuse, violence, and rape. In the workplace for example women are forced into low paying jobs, and make on average seventy percent of what their fellow males earn (Canadian Labour and Congress). Women also suffer in the sense that two thirds of the world’s illiterate people are women, and morality rates for females are
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