Maintaining an Identity or Losing Freedom

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Maintaining an Identity or Losing Freedom

Many of the problems people originally face stem from the failure to get and maintain a clear identity. Women have continued to struggle with this as they live their daily lives. Culture absolutely plays a huge role in the term feminism. Societies think that Islamic women are more disadvantaged than women who are from North America when really North American women are, if not, more oppressed. Barbara Kay brings up the term family feminism as it is now becoming widespread among the North American culture. Women are currently striving for successful careers in both the workforce and motherhood, but the discouragement of finding themselves within a patriarchal society is what they are struggling with. The average female salary is only 81 % of the average male salary despite the position of which they may have. Women are generally secondary to men within the higher-paying jobs, but negatively glorified in the lower-paying ones. Islamic women embrace their responsibilities as caregivers and mothers. Not to say that North American women are failing at their jobs of being a mother, but their focus to supersede the opposing gender could sometimes be distracting. When their efforts fail, the thought of upholding a sole identity and creating freedom for themselves are lost. A Pashtun proverb claims “women belong in the house or the grave.” Although this may seem completely degrading, it is the generalization that is accepted among the Islamic culture that is known by both males and females. There are also similarities in the Bible as it states in 1st Corinthians 14: 34-35 that “The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church” and in Colossians 3:18 that “Wives [should] submit to [their] husbands, as is fitting in...
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