Men are always looking at women as the inferior sex and think that women are supposed to submit in all relationships, whether if it is romantically or on the job. I personally have a problem with that myself. I think that women should be treated as equals now because we have earned the right to. We do the same things that they do and sometimes we can do it better. Men are physically stronger than women but anatomy but stronger does not mean better all the time.
For the radical it is the most deep and significant social division. The feminists have advanced an idea of ‘sex politics’ in a similar way to ‘class politics’ of socialists. However, as conventional politics has typically ignored gender division feminists have been forced to develop their own concepts to aid in their analysis – one of such crucial ‘ideas’ is that of Patriarchy. Some feminists limit the terms use to describing power relationships within the family, and use terms such as ‘male dominance’ to discuss the wider world gender relations. However, they do hold that the dominance of the father within the family is symbolic of the supremacy in all other institution.
THE ESSAY QUESTION: What is patriarchy? What are the origins of patriarchy?Are women really discriminated and subordinated because of the patriarchal rules or are there ‘other’ reasons? Why? Why not? Discrimination of Women Because of Patriarchy Economically All over the world people are imposed by a system which declares them the boundaries between women and men and expresses that “the most powerful roles in most sectors of society are held predominantly by men, and the least powerful roles are held predominantly by women.”(Allan 1) This system is named as patriarchy and while it is shaping people according to patriarchy’s rules, people are unaware of this huge because after a while patriarchy is regarded as an objective system.
04. Feminism is a structuralist theory. There are several versions of feminism but common theme throughout them all is that they argue that society is patriarchal, i.e. society is male dominated and all institutions serve and maintain male dominance. Feminists do however disagree on the extent of patriarchy in society and what need to happen to create gender equality.
Jennifer Hare Professor Penelope Deutscher Philosophy 230 / Gender Studies 233 17 April 2012 Assignment #1, Question 6: The Paradox of Rousseau’s Roles for Women In Rousseau’s Emile, he describes the prescribed roles for women to serve their husbands by remaining appealing and creating a proper familial environment as being based on natural feminine characteristics. However, his argument is inherently paradoxical, because women must artificially feign and amplify these characteristics in order to successfully fulfill their prescribed roles. Rousseau bluntly states his role for women on page 322 by proposing that, “woman is specially made for man’s delight”. His view is that women’s role should be, “to be pleasing in his [man’s] sight…to train him in childhood, to tend him in manhood, to consel and console, to make his life pleasant and happy, these are the duties of woman for all time” (328). Rousseau justifies this role by testifying that, “this is not the law of love, but it is the law of nature, which is older than love itself” (322).
From the opening of the play we learn that Athens, ‘the court’ is a place of order and hierarchy. The court is a place where people must know their place in society and abide by the rules, going against these rules can result in grave consequences such as death. The hierarchy of the court is stratified by class and gender. The men of the court have power over the women in the court, this is shown by the way Egeus treats and speaks of his daughter Hermia. In the opening of the play Egeus, wants his daughter Hermia to marry Demetrius, who he claims to be the ideal husband for his daughter Hermia.
Each is responsible for his/her moral conduct. Jainism considers men and women as equals. In reality because of the gender stereotyping that has taken place for thousands of years in a patriarchal society and the inherent biological differences between men and women, the roles prescribed for men and women are different especially in a social and cultural setup. Jainism included women in the religious practice in the form of nuns from its earliest days of inception. Jainism is a religion of religious equality, devoted to recognizing the rights of all living creatures.
Liberation is seen to be achieved through raising women’s consciousness of subjugation. Feminists believe that women have accepted inferiority to men subconsciously, and thus need to realise this before becoming liberated. Millet argues that women are in a “power-structured relationship…whereby one group of persons is controlled by another”, thus suggesting that feminists believe that in our current society men control women. Although there is controversy between feminists as to the extent of advancing a woman’s role within society, as first-wave feminists demand that women should enjoy the same legal and political rights as men, whilst second-wave feminists have greater focus on the personal side of society and call for complete social revolution. Whilst this presents a clear divide within the doctrine, it
Assignment 1a: Beliefs in Society ”Religion is more a cause of conflict than of harmony in society.” To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence support this view? (33 marks) Feminists agree that religion serves to maintain the status quota, however they believe that means maintaining patriarchy. Feminists most religions as patriarchal, meaning that religion is 'male dominated', they also view religion as actively oppressing women in order to maintain patriarchy. Examples of this include Aldridge's (2007) findings in the Qur'an, noting that women are legally inferior to men and lacking the same rights as their husbands. This example can be seen by feminists as maintaining patriarchy in society so that women have less or different rights to men, meaning that men have more freedom to do what they want, while women are observed much more closely.
Just the Way We Are Everyone thought that there are similar differences between males and females. Both genders are different through their social, emotional and intellectual qualities. Gender roles influence women and men in virtually every area of life including family and occupation, but are women and men subject to different roles or behavior expectations? Gender role by definition is,” the public image of being male or female that a person presents to others.” (Dictionary.com). In early American culture it was common for a women’s job to be an obedient housewife in clear contrast to the male’s duty to be a job holder.