Essay on Feminism : A Comparative Historical Approach

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Feminism is a philosophy and movement advocating for equality between men and women on the grounds of social, political and, economic rights. For hundreds of years, women have been held back from opportunities because of their gender. Feminist activists have and to this day, are still fighting for women to have equal opportunities as men through social and political theories by protesting and campaigning. In Karen Offen’s book titled, Defining Feminism: A Comparative Historical Approach, she states that although its true origins are unknown, the invention of the word féminisme (French for “feminism”) was thought to be coined by a French philosopher in the 1830s, named Charles Fourier (Offen 126). She also reveals through her research of France that before women’s fight for suffrage in the 1920s, there were already women self-proclaiming themselves as feminists (126). There are many theories emerging from feminist critics and activists, the one that I will be discussing in relation to two short stories in this essay, is titled, the gaze. Although Atwood’s, The Man from Mars and Page’s, As One Remembers a Dream, bear some significant differences regarding plot, both are written from a feminist perspective through the incorporation of the gaze.

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario and grew up in Toronto. She is considered to be one of the most influential feminist writers of the 20th century (Biography.com Editors 2015). Many of Atwood’s works were created…

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