Essay on Radical Feminist Theory On Women 's Daily Lives

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Radical feminist theory emerged in the 1970’s in an effort to address the “micro-inequalities in women’s daily lives” and began with the assumption that there is a power imbalance between men and women (Chesney- Lind & Faith, 2001, p. 292). It mainly focuses on the notion that society requires a radical change in order to remove the widely held notions of male supremacy (Ringrose et al., 2013). Proponents of this theory advocate that men are systematically and purposefully privileged while women are oppressed and dominated through social institutions. They call this oppression ‘patriarchy’. Patriarchy is defined as “ a system of social structures, and practices in which men dominate, oppress and exploit women” (Lumsden & Morgan, 2012, p.15). This theory further implies that men hold power in all the important institutions of society and women are thus deprived of access to such power. Essentially, radical feminists support the idea that male domination is fostered and perpetuated by culture, religion and socialization in society (Mault, 2008).

Radical feminists attempt to challenge patriarchy by changing current social norms and institutions, including the complete dismantling of gender roles. This includes opposing the sexual objectification of women and raising awareness of gendered issues that predominately affect women, such as pornography and prostitution (Chesney- Lind & Faith, 2001). With the current advancement in technology, sexting has been considered as a new…

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