Feminism Essays

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Feminism in Frankenstein

Frankenstein is known all over for being about a monster that loses control and kills people, but no one talks about some of the topics that Mary Shelley portrays in the novel. This book seems male dominant. The females play a big role, but not in the way that big roles are usually played. Women […]

Pages: 4 Words: 1079 Topics: Feminism

The Yellow Wallpaper a Feminist Reading

Looking back at womens role in society, women in the late 1800s and early 1900s were usually portrayed as inferior and submissive to their husbands. These women were looked at to be objects rather than human beings. A woman was expected to cater to all their husband’s needs, such as cleaning and staying home all […]

Pages: 3 Words: 771 Topics: Critical Theory, Feminism, Gender Equality, Gender, Human Rights, Identity Politics, Social Issues, The Yellow Wallpaper
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Feminism in the Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is regarded as a modern classic in the dystopian future genre. The Handmaid’s Tale is a revolutionary dystopian tale which addressed the important issues prevalent at the time of its conception in a way unlike any other. In her most famous novel, Canadian author, Margaret Atwood, tackled issues such as […]

Pages: 17 Words: 5183 Topics: Feminism

A Doll’s House Feminism

Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of being politically, socially, and economically equal to men. In the nineteenth century women were viewed as secondary to men and had little rights. In 1890, married women were given the right to control their own wealth, and in 1882 women finally were given access […]

Pages: 2 Words: 471 Topics: Feminism

Why we Need Feminism

Many people think that with how far we gotten in certain aspects that we no longer need feminism but not all women are blessed with these opportunities, many people forget about women in other countries that aren’t as progressive like the United states and Canada. There are still societal issues within the modern age. Many […]

Pages: 3 Words: 918 Topics: Feminism

Jane Eyre: a Feminist Look

Women have been deemed inferior to the male sex since the start of civilization and to this day, women around the world are still held captive by the prison that society forces them into. Although society in first world countries has evolved since the time that Jane Eyre was written, it was a very different […]

Pages: 3 Words: 1020 Topics: Family, Feminism, Gender, Jane Eyre

Feminism in the Workplace

World War II created a gap in the workforce due to all the male soldiers who were being drafted and departing to various parts of the world, this also created a huge opportunity for women. Between 1940 -1945 more than 5 billion women entered the workforce; single, married and mothers alike were “achieving a degree […]

Pages: 5 Words: 1551 Topics: Feminism

Politics Dissertations – Radical Feminist Argument

Feminist theory provides more than just a discourse on the interactions of the male and female, within the public and private sphere. In fact feminist theory has considered the core problems in the legal and political systems, resulting in a discourse on the inherent inequalities of these systems that favor men over women . Therefore […]

Pages: 15 Words: 4602 Topics: Feminism, Feminist Theory, Gender, Liberalism, Patriarchy, Social Inequality

Feminism in Pygmalion

Writings will often reflect the cultural assumptions and attitudes of their time period, which includes the general insolences towards women: their status, their roles, their expectations. Pygmalion, a play written by Bernard Shaw, uses the feminist perspective to present a realistic or convincing picture of the world women live in, helping the reader better understand […]

Pages: 2 Words: 650 Topics: Feminism, Pygmalion

Feminism and Religion

Throughout history, religion has been used as a scapegoat to justify misogyny, violence, and hatred towards women in western cultures (Zwissler). Most people view feminism and religion as polar opposites, but this is not the case. Feminism and religious practices have overlapped throughout history, and will continue to do so as long as both categories […]

Pages: 2 Words: 707 Topics: Feminism

Feminism in Pride and Prejudice

During the eighteenth century, feminism was a subject that was scarcely considered in society, as it was defined the theory of the political, economic and social equality between the sexes. The aspect of feminism did not gain the comprehensive structure until the late 20th century. As not being widely known for during her time period, […]

Pages: 3 Words: 1006 Topics: Feminism

Is Feminism Still Relevant

 Today feminism is a strongly misconstrued word. The meaning has been completely hijacked into something not aesthetic to a large amount of the world. I chose this topic as I’m very passionate about current issues and a member of some mainstream feminist campaigns such as women’s aid and women’s march. This essay explores feminism and […]

Pages: 7 Words: 2060 Topics: Feminism

Liberal Feminism

A Pluralistic View of Liberal Feminism In the text “The Challenge of Gender Justice”, Martha C. Nussbaum discusses the need for reform in traditional liberal theory and provides a step-by-step plan for refining it. Nussbaum explores the works of a few renowned political philosophers like John Stuart Mill, John Rawls and Catharine Mackinnon to arrive […]

Pages: 3 Words: 817 Topics: Feminism

The Story of an Hour Feminist Thesis

Knowing that Mrs.Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death. This, the opening sentence of the story, is the base and premise upon which the rest of the story is built on. In the ensuing course of events […]

Pages: 3 Words: 751 Topics: Feminism, Gender, Sex, The Story Of An Hour

The Accomplishments of Susan B. Anthony

The world as we know it wasn’t always so full of benefits and opportunities. Of course, excluding the issues and dilemmas. Do you ever stop and think about how society and the world got to what it is today? Particularly with the change and development of women’s rights? One thing is certain. If it wasn’t […]

Pages: 2 Words: 622 Topics: Feminism, Gender Equality, Gender, Social Issues, Susan Brownell Anthony, Women's Rights, Women's Suffrage

Social Theologies

Traditional, political, and social theologies and ideals began to change during the Enlightenment movement. Men had always been the dominant race due to being educated, and being job working class citizens. Women were expected to take care of household responsibilities, child bear and finally be a mother. There were few women who were given the […]

Pages: 2 Words: 679 Topics: Age Of Enlightenment, Critical Theory, Enlightenment, Feminism, Gender Equality, Gender, Sex

Susan B. Anthony a Historic Feminist Reformer

Susan B. Anthony is known as one of the most dramatic and charismatic of feminist rebels, but she wasn’t always such an outgoing advocate (Barry 4). She was largely influenced by her upbringing, which shaped her feminist side at a young age. Anthony was born to Lucy and Daniel Anthony on February 15, 1820 and […]

Pages: 6 Words: 1928 Topics: Feminism, Human Rights, Justice, Political Ideologies, Social Issues, Susan Brownell Anthony, Women's Rights

Joyce Carol Oates “Where are you Going where have you Been” a Feminist Critique

Joyce Carol Oates short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been showcases the female stereotypes of the time through the protagonist Connie. The story is set in the 1960s, which was a time of great change in America. Topics like feminism, civil rights, sexual freedom, etc. were only just beginning to emerge in […]

Pages: 2 Words: 722 Topics: Feminism, Gender, Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

Female Stereotypes and Patriarchal Ideology in “Where are you Going, where have you Been”

The short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates showcases the female stereotypes and patriarchal ideology of the era through the struggles of the central character Connie. The story is set in the late 50s or early 60s, when topics like feminism, civil rights, sexual freedom, etc. were only […]

Pages: 2 Words: 721 Topics: Feminism, Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

Nursing Theories, Metaparadigms, and Ways of Knowing

Introduction The nursing field is complex for an individual to define since it is evolving, dynamic and extensive study involving theoretical as well as practical skills. The nurses are identified by clients in various ways. The nurses are identified using aspects such as empirics or science, ethical, aesthetics or art, personal as well as social-political […]

Pages: 7 Words: 1957 Topics: Concept, Feminism, Feminist Theory, Human, Knowledge, Paradigm, Research

Marilyn Monroe: Changing History

Marilyn Monroe and Her Effect on American History To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly. (Goodhousekeeping) Marilyn Monroe insists that every girl is beautiful no matter what their size is. She made a positive outlook on so many people’s lives. […]

Pages: 4 Words: 1087 Topics: Critical Theory, Feminism, Gender Equality, Gender, Marilyn Monroe, Women's Rights

Surveillance and Feminist Resistance in Pakistan

Much like any other form of knowledge production or documentation, the focus is always on elite history in Pakistan’s feminist movement, as it is usually urban upper class scholars documenting resistance practices. What is theorized and who is cited matters in the case of Pakistan’s feminist movement as well, which has been described as elitist […]

Pages: 3 Words: 931 Topics: Feminism, Surveillance

Feminism and the Hunger Games

Feminism has always been dominated by white woman’s issues, and often will leave out African American woman’s struggles. Also in cinema, being black has often correlated to being problematic. In the movie, The Hunger Games we see two main female characters, Katniss a young white female and Rue a young black female. In this essay […]

Pages: 3 Words: 886 Topics: Feminism, The Hunger Games

Women Fought so they would be Able to Vote in the Elections

Women fought so they would be able to vote in the elections. The Women’s Suffrage movement started in 1848. Suffragists are people, mainly women who advocate for women’s rights. For years, women’s suffrage supporters continued to educate anyone about the importance of women’s suffrage. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other suffragists distributed petitions […]

Pages: 2 Words: 698 Topics: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminism, Gender Equality, Identity Politics, Women's Rights, Women's Suffrage

Leaders of Women’s Suffrage

The women’s suffrage movement was from 1848 to 1920 when women fought and spoke out for equality and political rights. Women had no power to own land, to vote, no voice in their marriages, and were limited on what they could do. This caused women to unite and fight for their freedom such as creating […]

Pages: 2 Words: 694 Topics: Feminism, Gender Equality, Gender, Identity Politics, Political Ideologies, Social Issues, Temperance Movement, Women's Suffrage

Role of Women in Pygmalion

In its simplest form, “Feminism” concerns the social, political, and economic equality of both sexes, and generally details the activism and adversities faced to achieve such equality. It’s a complex set of ideologies and theories, that at its core seeks to achieve equal rights for women and men. Writings will often reflect the cultural assumptions […]

Pages: 2 Words: 700 Topics: Critical Theory, Feminism, Gender Equality, Gender, Pygmalion, Women's Rights

Pygmalion: Example of Feminist Criticism in Literature

George Bernard Shaw makes Pygmalion an excellent example of feminist criticism in a piece of literature. Throughout the play, we see male dominance over the females. He depicted how being a lady during the Victorian era changed how you were treated, and women were to act a certain way–the stereotypical lady-like way. In the play, […]

Pages: 2 Words: 575 Topics: Critical Theory, Feminism, Gender Equality, Gender, Pygmalion

The Link between Nationalism and Feminism

Nationalism and feminism are two very closely linked ideologies. Webster’s Dictionary defines nationalism as loyalty and devotion to a nation and feminism as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. Both nationalism and feminism deal with loyalty to a cause, in addition to fighting to support that cause, because it […]

Pages: 3 Words: 845 Topics: Critical Theory, Feminism, Gender, Identity Politics, Nationalism, Political Ideologies

Virginia Woolf’s Work “Mrs. Dalloway”

Virginia Woolf’s work ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ is a very diverse work which has a lot of ideas and topics to analyse and discuss. So, one of the most important issue in the novel is feminism. A lot of scholars and literalists have debated on that question and is still unclear and does not show a determinate […]

Pages: 5 Words: 1458 Topics: Feminism, Virginia Woolf

Satire Feminism and Coming-of-Age in Northanger Abbey

A half-abandoned, eerie abbey, two lovers who can’t be together, a mysterious death, and nearly 200 pages of suspense: Austen’s Northanger Abbey is a melodramatic, brilliantly crafted satire of the gothic romance novel. Through its subversive, female-first lens, the novel at once flips genre conventions on their head while also functioning as a love-letter to […]

Pages: 6 Words: 1693 Topics: Coming of Age, Feminism, Fiction, Jane Austen
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Essay about Feminism

Feminism has been in our lives for a long time. On the other side, it is different if someone looks at the beginning of the relationship between International relations and Feminism.‘Feminist theories entered the discipline of IR in the late 1980s and early 1990s’. In the history of international relations, theorists have tried to reformulate improve women’s positions. By this struggle, theorists aimed to understand and to show how important women’s experiences. And the effects of our understandings of gender is also important for theorists.

Feminism is defending that to understand the impacts of the state system and the global economy over women and also men, it is a must to analyze gender. The acceptance process of Feminist scholarship means that feminism and the ideas it defends are going to accept or discuss by theorists and policy-makers. According to Feminist scholars, thanks to the Feminism the visibility of women in the social, economic and also political arena is going to be more. In this essay, the challenges of Feminism with conventional IR theory is going to be answered.

First of all, to understand what Feminist scholarship brought, and also to understand its challenges with conventional IR theory it is better to see what is conventional IR theory was defending. ‘Conventional IR scholars, notably realists, define security primarily in terms of the security of the state’(Tickner and Sjoberg: 2013,212). And to explain this, they were saying that ‘A secure state is one that can protect its physical and moral boundaries against an ‘anarchic’ international system’(Tickner and Sjoberg:2013,212). On the other side, Neorealists were defending that the anarchic structure of the international system where there is no sovereign to regulate state behavior’. They describe states as a unitary actor that wants to survive. And to survive, these states are not seeking internal processes and structures. They try to survive in an anarchic world and in this anarchic world, they do increase their military capabilities.

However, after the second world war, the theorists started to explain security in other ways. Because after the war they saw that the reasons for most of these wars founding by nationalist and ethnic. ‘Most of the world’s poorest states have active military conflicts within their boundaries’(Tickner and Sjoberg:2013,213). And this conflict causing structural violence. After all, the masses cannot reach what they need, civilians cannot do what they can in their ordinary(normal) lives. ‘Critical security scholars, as they are called, began to define security in terms of threats to human well-being and survival—security of the individual and their environment, as well as that of the state’(Tickner and Sjoberg:2013,213).

The Feminists are defining security as mentioned in the last definition. ‘According to IR feminists, security threats include domestic violence, rape, poverty, gender subordination, and ecological destruction as well as war'(Tickner and Sjoberg:2013,213). Feminism is also defending the idea that security that they defend as a term coming from the bottom and it continues with the community or the individual rather than with the state or the international system. And they seek the impacts of the politics over the security of the individuals.

After these important points, it is obvious that Feminism is promoting the rights of all individuals and by defending their rights, it is a different kind of security model in the international relations arena. With this definition, feminists are supporting the rights of people who are the disadvantageous group. Especially during or after wars the situation that women in showing that how women are facing the hardest conditions. 

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