Essay about Feminism : A Of Modern Day Society

1179 Words Oct 25th, 2016 5 Pages
Feminism is a word that is very loosely used to weave growing concepts together within today’s society, often leading to misunderstanding. I, a young, white woman of Middle Eastern descent, have a unique definition of the word through the experiences of my elders in Iran, as well as the struggle to grow up in modern day United States culture. The concept of feminism is very simple on the surface, meaning the equality of all genders to the rights of opportunity, love and happiness. It is important to realize this in order to be truly equal with our peers. Initially, I thought that feminism was only a component of modern day society, but through Feminism & Social Justice, I learned that that was exactly what we were brought up to think. “We teach girls shame. Close your legs. Cover yourself. We make them feel as though by being born female, they are already guilty of something.” (Avichie, 33) This statement made by Avichie very clearly demonstrates the intersectionality of feminist theory. This is a complement of race and class, struggles that are also still vibrant. In Bettina Aptheker’s “Working definition of feminism”, she demands that we fix all these societal structures that are rooted against women and different people before we can really address the problem of feminism. (Aptheker, 1) Avichie, in her work We Should All Be Feminists says, “Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general-but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the…

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