My Response to Feminism
In my opinion, I feel that feminism still has its place in today’s world. Although, some take it too far and are somewhat extreme. I feel that as the feminist movement has progressed, more women have risen to power acquiring the taste of equality, it seems it comes at a cost. We are humans and in order to continue living on our planet we need to reproduce, and I feel that women are the best at rising children; I was raised solely by a women. I feel that women are very important and are equal to men in many aspects. Should women be able to choose what they want in life? Yes indeed, because of equality. Should every women feel the need to pursue to be in a high ranking job or position in society? To me I feel if they want to, that is their choice. The fact is that some women like to take on the traditional gender role. My question is, is that a bad thing? I don’t think so, because behind every great mind, there are influencers that aid in shaping their environment allowing them to achieve greatness. So with that, women in both respects, regardless what role they play in society, serves a vital part in society and always will. In the early phase of the feminist movement, as Adrienne Rich states in her 1929 essay, “Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with your hard work .” (Rich). As I dissect this statement, I come to the conclusion that in 1929 men were thought to control women, thinking for and talking for women, meaning they neither had a say, nor were able to think for themselves. Women like Rich were very important to the movement, and I feel it was very appropriate for the time. As for recent times, as Kantor states in her article, “Despite decades of efforts, and some visible exceptions, the number of top women leaders in many fields remains stubbornly low: for...
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