Researching the Feminist Thought, a comprehensive introduction was found for the main traditions and their incisive elaboration. The authors who were referred in this report indispensably discussed the Feminist Thought explaining terms like feminism, sexism, oppression, black feminism and equity feminism. The authors of the books [See Frye, For example] placed a great significance to discussing on what counts as oppression and argued that oppression occurs where people are in enclosures with no way out.
Feminism is therefore a socio-political movement mainly based on and motivated by the experiences of women. Although feminism provides a critique of social relations, many proponents of feminism focus on analyzing gender inequality by promoting women's rights and interests. Feminist theory expounds on the nature of gender inequality and majorly focuses on sexuality, power relations and gender politics. Feminist activism campaigns on issues such as domestic violence, reproductive rights, discrimination, equal pay, maternity leave, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.
The equity feminism which is derived from classic liberalism has also been observed here and it is an ideology that is concerned with equal treatment. Feminists argue that there should be equality in entirely everyone under the sun since what a man can do; a woman can do maybe even better. Feminist thought may also be based on feelings rather than on a rational formal principle, this is a unique case where one treats a person from the opposite gender depending on his/her feelings at the moment.
In the current times we are having many amendments to empower women so that they know their rights thereby avoiding oppression and barbaric ways of looking down upon women.
Feminism is based on virtue ethics which emphasizes certain values such as caring and compassion that were underrated in a male-dominated culture. Even though Gender equality, oppression, disability integration and female body experiences are strong feminine points, all genders and races are equal.
The goal of this paper is to bring out the various forms of feminism, claims about feminism, feminism and body, material feminism, disability, oppression and also feminist literacy mechanism. In order to achieve the given goal the work has been spliyed into different topics each standing on its own and well explained to cover the various feminist thoughts existing in the world currently.
Women and Oppression. One of the most barbaric feminist traditions is oppression. In the 21st Century however, oppression has been faced out through the introduction of gender equality measures. According to Frye, for one to be considered as oppressed; one’s freedom has to have barriers (Frye 85). The restrictions oppressing a person must cause suffering to the person; these restrictions must also have been brought up by a social structure.
Finally, a separate social group must be presented such that all groups benefit; also coercively imposing social structures restricting the social group’s freedom (Frye 89)
Disability Integration. Traditional philosophies looked down upon the experiences of people who are either impaired physically or cognitively. This culture associates disability with insufficiency such as physically/cognitively impaired persons are seen as imperfect. Philosophers seldom mentioned the impairment kinds identified with disabling conditions. Feminist theory is articulated and fostered by this essay in the feminist disability theory.
Feminist disability study is considered to be the academic field of inquiry, describing underway work, calling for specific study and finally sets an agenda for the future work in the studies. This theory describes the terms and confronts the limits of the ways we understand diversity of human beings, the body materiality and the social formations interpreting body differences. This essay therefore asserts that disability integration is a category of analysis and also a system of representation widens, thereby challenging the feminist theory.
Feminism and Justice. Under justice, feminism redresses the imbalances in societies that are unjust to women to the extent of marginalizing their views and abilities. If one thinks that this concern for women’s rights is a little overdone in our sophisticated modern society, we should not forget that there are still societies in the world in which it would be impossible for a woman to take a philosophy course for example. Women are just as good as men in everything they do so gender equality should be the in thing since we are all equal beings and no one is superior to the other; we should therefore be there for each other at all times.
Our Bodies, Ourselves. Health information is very important in our day to day lives since it defines oneself by attaining personal ambitions; it also contributes to an individual's lifespan with so much to do with happiness and success in one’s career. Health information is usually shaped by cultural ideas which are conservative and based on fertility and childbearing, pregnancy, birth control, and sexually transmitted infections. If one’s health deteriorates,medical attention should be sought immediately since health is a basic need to ensure development in countries and growth in economies.
It is difficult to find resources which analyze the health and rights of women from their points of view, this force many of them to ask for information from the most available persons like close friends and relatives. Since these sought out information may be incorrect or based on someone else’s views, they may bring bad consequences and make other women learn through the hard way. Therefore, health information should be dispensed to the women to correct deficiencies and ensure that all frequently answered questions are well tackled.
Throwing Like a Girl. There is a significant difference in the perceived skill-level which makes the gender gap between females and males overblown. According to one researcher:
The throwing gap commencing at about5 years of age is two times the difference of any motor task whereby it gets bigger with age. By 17, there's no distribution overlap. Therefore by the age of 14 every boy throws better than the best girl.
Through this excerpt, it is clearly seen that men are created to be superior to women as a matter of fact since the comparison of the researcher on the throwing experiment conclusions have been drawn.
Therefore, although there might be motions and even laws on gender equality, the fact still remains that boys are a stronger gender compared to girls therefore this may show up in real life proving the feminists wrong with their findings.
Female Body Experience. Here, this experience is a thought-provoking work which deals with themes that are often overlooked in feminist writings. The value of female body experience consists of the theme of female embodiment; moreover, in the particular aspects of embodiment chosen and in the care and detail of its analysis. Female body experience usually offers various ways of reasoning about living bodies hence opening new ways of investigating in feminist theory.
The female bodies act as laboratories of discovering new things about women as time goes by, the women experience different body changes at different times hence at each stage something different which happens acts as an experience to tackle the issue if it is reccurent fo instance.
Under female body experience, it has also been explained that apart from moving through the body, women are not comfortable in it. Women learn a lot through their bodies as they grow older since different stages of growth determine different bodily changes which bring about experience in them. Examples of body experiences include: menstruation, fertility and childbearing, pregnancy, birth control, and also breast experience.
After examining Frye’s, Garland-Thomas’, Boston Women’s Health Collective’s and Iris Marion-Young’s books, it can be concluded that although Gender equality, oppression, disability integration and female body experience are strong feminine points, all races are equal but most importantly, all genders are equal.
Feminism acts as a virtue ethics which emphasizes certain values such as caring and compassion that were underrated in a male-dominated culture. The feminist ethic of care is in part reaction to duty ethics, which is seen as cold and uncaring; some feminists argue that ethics is based more on feelings than on a rational formal principle.
Men and women are both equal genders in the society so we should respect each other and help one another without undermining the other gender.
Regardless of this, Feminist Disability Studies for instance begin with the assumption that disability is always inextricably linked to other social markers, such as gender, race, sexuality, and social class instead of creating an ethos in order to gain audience.This is done by including tables of information, illustrations of feminine points, reasons for educational reform, and pieces of advice to young girls.
It would be interesting to see if other authors of the same century also convey a similar ethos concerning feminism and Feminine thought but in a different way; even contrasting to the others. More handbooks will be recovered in this way leading to a better, more complete understanding of feminism education, feminine role in the society hence promoting gender equality and completely shunning down oppressions of any sort.