First of all, the text I have chosen is the speech by Shirley Chiholm “Equal rights for Women” which was addressed to the United States House Of Representatives in 1969. In this speech, the composer presents the viewpoint of prejudice which women was experiencing at that time. She is an excellent example of a woman who speaks up and challenges the authority about women’s issues. In her speech, Shirley states the disadvantage of being discriminated because they are women; “they are too emotional”; and the “unspoken assumption is that women are different”. She questions people to think about the existence of discrimination in our society what sometimes is lured that: “women are already equal”.
One of the main points that Wollstonecraft touches upon in A Vindication of the Rights of Women is the issue regarding women and education. I believe this to be one of Wollstonecraft’s strongest points in the book. According to Wollstonecraft, individual education is extremely important and women should be allowed to pursue an education equal to that of men. This statement is extremely important because during the 18th century, many people believed that women were incapable of rational thought. Wollstonecraft states that education for women "will slowly sharpen the senses, form the temper, regulate the passions as they begin to ferment, and set the understanding to work before the body arrives at maturity; so that the man may only have to proceed, not to begin, the important task of learning to think and reason."
It is an inspiration that people from the various classes of life such as workers, youth, elderly, and the poor shared a platform to voice concerns towards achieving equality. I recall about the impression that they were propelled by the desire to elevate and empower women, who were still living in the shadow of man’s oppression. I find such aspiration really creditable. Another literally work that I found supreme in how it illustrates past American social life is Ron Low’s “A Brief Biographical Sketch of a Newly-Found
In the mid-sixties and early-seventies the second wave of feminism was formed. According to Kari Meyers Skredsvig, the core argument of the second wave was for equality, not only in the home but also in the workplace (Skredsvig par. 3). This wave also dealt with deeper issues in literature like sexuality and reproductive rights. In these two periods women around the world expressed their frustration with inequality and sexual frustration.
The Female Body Critique In Margaret Atwood’s “The Female Body” she gives an interesting view on the life of women and the ways in which women are controlled, devalued and taken advantage of. Atwood's thesis is unclear, but it's unclear because she's conjuring images for the reader to piece together. More specifically Atwood attempts to explain the female form through an array of metaphors and comparisons. In the following pages, I investigate Atwood’s perception/interpretation of the female body and analyze the ways in which she responds to, and resists, society’s destructive effects. Using present theory I show how Atwood deals with the concept of female body itself.
The power of language in constructing us is revealed by exploring how words that signifies “love and justice…shift meanings as we grow older.”(Saadawi, “Daughter” 15). The very same words became “a sword over my head, a veil over my mind and face.”(Saadawi, Daughter of Isis: Autobiography 16). Saadawi enlightens us about her own experiences and perception of growing up in a society that is systematized by patriarchal order and structured around hierarchical divisions based on gender, religion, social status, politics and class. Saadawi’s truth and understanding of race, religion, sexuality, and gender constitute her reality of what it really means to become a woman. To stand up for yourself, be your own, and believe in what’s right and not let anyone control you.
Three decades later, The Awakening became a classic of the American literature and the important context of feminist criticism because of its opinion in the ways that women are treated, the traditionally feminist concerns, the aspiration for love, artistry, etc. In The Awakening, Chopin adopts the point of view of the narrator about the thinking, actions, emotion and feeling of the main character and some minor characters. The reader can see the internal conflict of Edna between being the mother-woman and being an artist, between her family responsibility and her passion with Robert. “Chopin interjects her own voice into the narrative to tell the reader that Edna discovering her “relations as an individual to the world within and about her”” (Green). She shows what happening inside Edna’s thinking,
In her artwork, Untitled (Your Body is a Battleground) from 1989, Kruger voices her opinion to protect women’s rights through an image that also raises issues of power, patriarchy, stereotyping, and consumption. Kruger’s untitled work known as Your Body is a Battleground depicts a bold black and white photograph with its meaning emphasized through red blocks filled with white text. The image is of a women’s face split symmetrically along the vertical axis. There is a play of positive and negative space between the two halves of the image, highlighting ideas of, as Kruger puts it, “positive versus negative, white versus black, good versus bad”. This artwork was designed in support of the 1989 feminist march in Washington to support the women’s rights of abortion and birth control.
The Power of the Positive Woman It is common in American society to hear about the rise of American Feminism and the fight for Women’s Rights. The one topic that seems to be skimmed over is the women who were against this era of feminism, and how they believed it would destroy the American family. One of these women was Phyllis Schlafly, and she was not shy about writing her feelings towards the women liberationists. She wrote many books and essays including Feminist Fantasies, The Power of the Positive Woman, and “Who Will Rock the Cradle”, just to name a few. In The Power of the Positive Woman, Schlafly explains that there is indeed a difference, besides the obvious physicality, between men and woman that cause them to play different roles in society.
Kayla McKenzie College Prep English December 15, 2011 Mrs. Layne Wilson Dear Ms. Alice Walker, Your book, “The Color Purple,” is a really good book that I enjoyed reading. I like how you told a story of events that happened to a lot of black women in this era. People need to know the history of how they were treated and what people did to stop it. I like the way you made the theme of the book be a motivation to others that may be going through exactly what Celie and other women who were abused by evil men. This story is very liberating to young woman to have the courage to stand up for their selves.