Essay • February 16, 2011
Writing feminism essays
“Feminism essays” are essays written on topics related to “Feminism” for which no single definition seems to exist. In the Western world the term was barely used till late 19th century circa. The term seems to include many concepts like equality of women, fighting stereotyping of women etc. down to even how women should dress.
Your feminism essay can cover “feminism” even before the current feminist movement in the West. In 5th century B.C., Plato advocated training women in statecraft and public administration. Hindu passages dating back to pre 20th Century B.C, effectively say “Your wife and mother should necessarily be female. It does not matter whether others are male or female”. You can write about the subsequent degradation of women leading to the feminist movement. There is enough material in the role of the Church in the pre-renaissance European “dark age” and the attendant damage to the place of women in the society.
You can write feminism essays on tribal societies in Asia, Africa and South America which do not discriminate against women in anyway. Many of them are even matriarchal.
The epoch of Formal female activism can be traced to the international women’s conference held in Paris in 1892 circa to create a platform for advocating equal rights for women including inheritance rights. The movement gradually gained strength and reached its climax in the sometimes violent women’s suffrage agitations in the 19th Century AD, in Europe and USA. The formal feminist movement was born. Their first taste of success was the 1920, 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution granting female franchise.
What one may loosely call the “Second feminist Wave” offers opportunities for spectacular feminism essays. After a dormant period of nearly 30, 40 years feminists started their 1960-70 struggles against sexual stereotyping of women, discrimination in workplace and job opportunities in organizations and functions, which appeared to exclude women. The famous feminist slogan exhorting the society to value women for what they do rather than how they look arose in this period. As a symbolic gesture some women even stopped wearing bras! Detailed monetary valuations of domestic work appeared frequently in feminist magazines, which were gaining popularity. Many Hollywood banners displaying scantily clad women were regularly defaced.
In its current form the feminist movement talks of “pan-feminism” and “female identity”. It is striving to export its ideas to the non Western world, often with mixed and sometimes quite unfortunate results.
Often feminists are criticized for attributing the social malaise arising out of so many other factors like racism to discrimination against women. Some feminist was questioning why mostly women only should work as nurses! There was instant furor from the female nurses, who valued their niche employment opportunities! There are feminist extremes like “feminist art”, “feminist fashion” and “feminist symbols”, which are often ridiculed in “feminist cartoons”
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