Boyhood Patricia Arquette Analysis

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Since the third wave of feminism began in the mid 1990’s, similar to a rebirth in feminism, it became the norm for people to be more concerned with and speak out about women’s right issues that women have the burden of facing. With more people also learning more about the fact that feminism is based on the principles of fairness, instead of misandry, a lot of people became more comfortable identifying themselves with a feminist label. And for that reason, it doesn’t surprise most of us to hear celebrities endorse the belief, or to hear Patricia Arquette discuss the wage gap in her Oscar’s acceptance speech for her role in Boyhood. Her powerful words were met with cheers from the crowd, as she was shown to be yet another voice supporting the …show more content…
Rather, it was her implying that people of color, or of a homosexual orientation do not or have not fought for the rights of women that brings up an important topic. The main issue with Patricia Arquette’s quote and with feminism is that it lacks …show more content…
Even in today’s society, it can be shown that feminism doesn’t represent the issues of black women as much as it does the issues of white women. For example, there is the popular feminist argument that women are receiving a substantially smaller amount of money than men for the same work. And the statistic that is thrown out for the argument that women should receive just as much as the men that do the same work is typically seventy-seven cents for every one dollar that a male makes on average. But this fails to represent non-white women. As Jessica Anderson, Lifestyle Editor for HuffPost Black Voices, points out, “According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, women in the United States are paid just 77 cents for every dollar paid to men on average. But a closer look reveals that for African-American women, this disparity is much worse, with women of color earning just 70 cents for every dollar paid to men and just 64 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men” (Anderson). With the gap being larger for non-white women, it should be even more of a feminist issue that black and Latina women are at the bottom of the totem pole, as far as the wage gap goes. If we are going to talk about the issues, let’s not

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