Feminism & Critical Race Theory

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Feminism Introduction The theory of feminism sets out to examine gender inequality, and promote women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Feminism is subdivided into many categories. Each type of feminism has it’s own unique views on women’s roles, and status in society. Steven Seidman’s textbook, “Contested Knowledge,” focuses on three main types of feminism. Gynocentric, Difference, and Post-modern feminism are the three fields of feminism that are explored in chapter 14. An in-depth analysis of Feminism as well as the three different types explored in the textbook, and an analysis of inequality present throughout feminism, will provide a framework of this theory. Analytical Model: Key points of Feminism Inspired by the Black civil rights and liberationist movements, and encouraged by a social atmosphere of idealism associated with the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, a late twentieth-century women’s movement was born (Seidman 2013). This women’s movement utilized the theory of feminism, as it’s popular belief, in order to obtain social justice and equality. Despite popular belief, the main focus of feminism is not the hatred of men. Instead, according to Seidman, feminism focuses on gender inequality. This inequality is exhibited through the spheres of work, politics, and family. Feminism also refers to the ideas that are generated by women in an attempt to evoke change in society while attempting to enhance their self-awareness. Feminists believe that women are viewed as a socially subordinate, and disadvantaged group compared to men. A main belief of feminism is that men and women are socially formed. This social formation consists of certain social factors that influence how women and men should behave, and
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