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.
Atwood’s portrayal of a dystopian society criticizes the present day attitudes towards women and the exaggerations depicted in the novel can be the result of the inequality between men and women today. The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel that covers the backlash of feminism. It depicts how common attitudes towards women are brought down in an extremist way. “In order to offer women “freedom from” they must give up their “freedom to”... the only offered alternatives to rape and exploitation.” (Prattas 5) In the novel, the Pre-Giledean society was considered to be a dystopia for women where they feared physical and emotion violence. The current Giledean society is to protect them from such fear and is actively promoted through re-education centres run by Aunts.
Another challenge for women is how they are denigrated in the media and by men. One greatest abuse against women is the violence that still exists in the world. Women are currently being mistreated in many different ways in society. In their everyday lives, women are subjected to discrimination due to being a woman. In many work places, women are disadvantaged because they are not being selected for advancement in jobs.
Indeed it is this tradition that both writers attempt to disrupt at various points in the two texts with varying degrees of success. At the time of writing women were often disregarded as second class citizens and were presented as inferior to men. In this way, these two texts present the difficulties that women experience when trying to assert themselves in male society. Specifically, their identities often suffer due to lack of communication and voice. However the traditional role of femininity that was enforced upon women by a stringent and somewhat vigorous society was changing and these two texts challenge the traditional role of femininity both directly and indirectly throughout.
In this novel, Julia Alvarez manages to capture and express the true feelings of women which deconstructs the stereotypes through Yo. Feminism is defined as “a political movement that works to achieve equal rights for women and men” (Hirsch 113). For the past ages, women were seen in the society as inferior to men and were greatly excluded from education and the right to property ownership. A British feminist named Mary Wollstonecraft argues, “educational restrictions keep women in a state of ignorance and slavish dependence” (Blake 117). The shattering of classifications and stereotypes, and the subversion of traditional gender roles, and the concept of sisterhood or unity among women are among the main tenets of feminist criticism.
She doesn’t deserve to be abused, sold as a sex slave or work in horrible factory conditions for little pay. Women should be respected in Cambodia instead of being seen as something weak and fragile. It is true women may physically be weaker then men however physical strength does not define intelligence. I have seen on many accounts in Cambodia, women living their whole lives thinking they are inferior to men
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.
They have crossed the gender barrier and have proved that there isn’t a standard that women won’t live up to and surpass. Sometimes men think that they know more than women and that the women should listen to everything that they say. But as we are all human and no one is perfect, men also have flaws. A man and woman should be assessed as individuals and not based on their genders. The biases that are placed on men and women alike make it hard to come into a place of individuality and do what they love or be who they truly are.
Looks play a major part for these women as does the language barrier. Woman politicians also suffer greatly from not having a level playing field. This comes down to looks, family life and sexual orientation. There is no simple answer because gender inequity is deeply rooted in social and workforce customs, traditional divisions of labour and breadwinners, established family and marriage demographics, and a strong adherence to historical gender stereotypes. Employment is continuingly segregated according to gender, female 'work' is considered to be social, service sphere employment
In Afghanistan violence against women is very much widespread and deeply rooted in different parts of the country. Violence against women is a dramatic problem in Afghanistan that has caused lots of damages to the life of women itself as well as to the society. Women in Afghanistan have no or little voice to be heard and they have always been victims of violence either from their own family or from the society. They have never given equal rights specially the right to freedom and never been treated equally like men because the traditions, customs and practices have always kept men to be superior on women. According to Tolonews.com ��More than 4,000 women incidents of violence have happened in nine months last year in Afghanistan, a senior official in Ministry of Women's Affairs said Wednesday.” Violence against women in Afghanistan have kept women very far away from education which is one of the reasons that usually subjected them to extensive discriminations because they are unaware and have less knowledge about their basic rights.