• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Is Feminism Still Important?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Is Feminism Still Important? The purpose of feminism differs between the feminist perspectives but most feminists strive to outline the inequality between men and women as well as increase the rights of women. Second wave feminism began is Britain in the 1960s. The main objective was to improve the position of women within society. The purpose of feminism differs between the three main feminist perspectives present at the time; Liberal, Marxist and Radical. Liberal Feminist focused on the belief that women had fewer rights than men and that they should be treated in accordance with their merit as opposed to their sex. Liberal feminist identify the source of the problem as socialisation. Children are socialised into stereotypical gender roles that limit society's perception of what women are capable of (Oakley). Liberal Feminists attempt to improve the position of women within society by campaigning for equal rights for women. ...read more.

Middle

Radical Feminists believe that there is a basic conflict between all men and all women; it is because of this that all women have shared interests. The main problem, according to Radical feminists, is patriarchy, which is present in all aspects of social life. Men naturally have more physical strength than women and because of this they can use physical strength to exercise strength power over women. Men also have control over the cultural attitudes present in society and because of this they can justify their dominance making it appear natural. Second wave feminists are guilty of seeing all men as the same and all women as the same when this is not the case. Men and women have multiple axes of identity such as class and ethnicity, which second wave feminists fail to acknowledge. Second wave feminists also focus on the middle class women who do not work. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another third wave feminist approach is Post Feminism which has many facets including The End Of Feminism. The End of Feminism suggests that as a result of the legislation that has increased the right s of women, gender equality has finally been achieved. This is evident in the study by Sianne and Wilkinson (1995) who found that the gender war, according to younger generations, is outdated. This suggests that equality may have been achieved suggesting that feminism is no longer necessary. Black feminism is another form of third wave feminism, which implies that black women are disadvantaged because of their race, class and gender. Brewer (1993) implies that most black women are working class, as a result of this they suffer economically. Collins suggested that the majority of feminist theory focuses on the experiences of white middles class women (this is true of most second wave feminist theories) and the experiences of black women are ignored. It is because of this that a form of feminism focusing on black women is necessary. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sapphire Mason-Brown ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Sociological Differentiation & Stratification section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Sociological Differentiation & Stratification essays

  1. Is the Underachievement of Ethnic Minority Children due to a Racist School System?

    minorities underachievement, however I feel that if anything my study shows that ethnic minority educational underachievement has nothing to do with their lack of intelligence, but a racist school system. Therefore I feel that my study should help get rid of peoples prejudices.

  2. - APPROACHES IN PSYCHOLOGY

    In other words, a boy who sees other boys rewarded for polite behaviour is likely to behave politely in order to gain the same rewards. Social Learning Theory has been used to explain aggression, particularly why children may behave aggressively.

  1. The Bad Side of Feminists. Nowadays, fewer women want to claim themselves as ...

    Most of the cases, the parent who stayed home is the mothers. However, in majority of the cases, this seems to be the decision of the women (Fisanick). Many women believe that there is a stronger bond between mother and child rather than father and child, especially in the early years of the child.

  2. Sociological theories and Healthcare.

    Reference: Class notes Collectivism What is Collectivism? Collectivism is a term used to describe any moral, political, or social outlook that stresses human independence and the importance of a collective, rather than the importance of separate individuals. What is This Theory Based On?

  1. Black Feminism

    The relationship between the terms 'Black' and feminism allows for sustained critique, both of the feminist movement and identities, and of Black politics, (Kadiatu Kanneh 1998: 86,87). Beverly Guy Shefell a feminist writer argues that black women's experiences in both racial and gender oppression resulted in needs and problems separate

  2. As radical feminists we recognise that we are engaged in a power struggle with ...

    Radical feminists also see religion as a product of patriarchy. Women do have a part to play in many religions, but it is almost subordinate to the role of men. Simone de Beauvoir, a French feminist says, "For Jews, Mohammedans and Christians, among others, man is master by divine right;

  1. An investigation into people(TM)s belief about Hell

    Karl Marx provides the viewpoint that religion is 'the opiate of the people' as it teaches that the bourgeoisie deserve their place at the top of society and that the proletariat should be content with their place, it also,

  2. Sociology Feminism

    The Suffragette Movement in the UK played an important part in this first wave of feminism as it took part throughout the war. Women in the UK were volunteered by their Suffragette leaders to take the places of the men in work places, the Government met their offers of labour

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work