Essay about Feminist Theory

2756 Words May 24th, 2005 12 Pages

Since the beginning of time women have been considered inferior to men, which seem to proceed to affect everyday lives of all social beings in this world. Women have a disease, a disease that will prevent them for ever having the political drive to achieve political, social or economic opportunities men have. This "disease" is the need for independency and self-respect or the lack there of. This is what we have come to know as feminism. Feminism refers to the body of thought on the cause and nature of women's disadvantaged and subordinate position in society, and efforts to minimize and eliminate the subordination (Hughes, 2002:160). Understanding that the need for independency and self-respect is not a real disease,
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A more organized effort in the 1850s served as part of the mobilization against slavery and fir political rights for the middle class. The Akron Convention, where Sojourner Truth gave her amazing speech "Ain't I a Woman", is an example of the (Rossi, 1973). Other events that helped to develop the Feminist Theory were massive mobilization for women's suffrage and for industrial and civic reform legislation in the early twentieth century, especially the Progressive Era in the United States ( Ritzer, 2000). In the intervals between those periods, feminism became far less visible, essentially because dominant groups deliberately tried to repress it (Spender, 1982). According to Kandal (1998: 12), men were against feminism because they were afraid that women were equal to them, the family would become dysfunctional.

Intellectual Roots of Feminist Theory

There are numerous men and women who have contributed to the development of the Feminist Theory from the early sixteenth century to the twenty first century. Dorothy E. Smith contributed a lot to the feminist theory. Her work offers sociological alternative to feminist post modernism, and post-structuralism (Ritzer, 1996). Smith also focuses on the concept of ruling apparatuses in which more women are needed to participate in such as government and the presidency. According to Smith, the ruling apparatus is viewed as an organization of class in which minorities are excluded. Jesse

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