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What are the ideals and history of the feminist movement? Feminism is the ideology of women's liberation centred on the belief that women suffer injustices because of their sex. One pioneer of feminism in the late 18th century was Mary Wollstonecraft. In 1792, she published A Vindication of the Rights of Women. It was probably the first great feminist treatise. In it, Wollstonecraft preached that intellect will always govern. She addressed the legal, economic and educational disabilities of women and believed that women had the right to an education and that the progress of society relied upon the equal education of men and women. Wollstonecraft was critical of marriage and stated that it was nothing more than "legalized prostitution". She paved the way for modern feminism. The first wave feminists were those who worked for the reform of women's social and legal inequalities in the 19th century. In the 1850s, at Langham Place in London, a group of middle-aged women, led by Barbara Bochidon and Bessie Rayner Parkes, met to discuss issues and published the English Women's Journal. The issues that they addressed were largely based upon injustices they themselves had experienced. These included education, employment, marriage and the plight of intelligent middle-class women. The term first wave feminism also applied to the feminists who fought for suffrage in the United States and beyond. ...read more.


The feminist movement has also had an impact on religion. In Christianity and Judaism especially, women are becoming more equal with men by obtaining positions of power. Women are now ordained as clergy in Protestant Christianity and rabbis and cantors in Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist Judaism. Islam, however has not followed this trend and still forbid women to be recognised as religious clergies and scholars. Perhaps the most notable impact that feminism has had on society is the impact on heterosexual relationships. The power relationship between men and women has shifted markedly. In the past, the male was the more dominant person in the relationship. Nowadays, females are more assertive. It is not uncommon for women to initiate a relationship, or even a marriage. This change has brought about confusion about roles and identities for some. Some women have struggled to live up to the socially accepted identity of "superwoman" i.e. being able to juggle family and a career successfully. Men are now more involved with the family and are expected to assist in managing family matters more than in previous times. Feminism has also brought about criticism, particularly from masculists, who suggest that social change and legal reform has gone too far and are now disadvantaging men. ...read more.


The mother bear is the one who cooks the porridge. Why must the mother be the one who always does the house duties? The father must be expected to be able to cook. Mother bear is also the one who forgets to close the door properly. This suggests that women are forgetful and unreliable, which is totally untrue. Goldilocks' temptation to enter the house suggests that women are blinded by their curiosity. Her naivety and immaturity is also shown by how she unthoughtfully enters a house without permission. When Goldilocks says how nice it was that someone had left her breakfast, the story implies that women are always thinking that they must be the centre of attention. This is farfetched because, generally, men are just as self-centred as women. The fact that Goldilocks says that the porridge is too hot and too cold, that the chair and bed is too hard and soft, gives the impression that women are perfectionists; that everything must suit them. When the bears come back, the father bear speaks in a gruff voice whilst the mother bear speaks with a soft, gentle voice. This seems to suggest that women are submissive whilst the male is more dominant. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a fairy tale that contains many politically incorrect things from a feminist perspective. A feminist reading of the text would change a lot of its context. Phillip Le 1 Extension English 3 ...read more.

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