Essay about Feminism And The Feminist Theory

1161 Words Nov 30th, 2016 5 Pages
By definition, the feminist theory is the extension of feminism into theoretical, fictional, or philosophical discourse. The purpose of the feminist theory is to understand the nature of gender inequality by examining women’s social roles and lived experiences. It is important to keep in mind that there are different and diverse branches of the feminist theory (ecofeminism, marxist, material, radical, etc). It is also important to acknowledge that feminism strives for equal treatment between sexes, it does not mean female superiority over men. Ruth L. Ozeki uses stereotypes and shows how the characters overcome their struggles which can be scrutinized through the lenses of cultural and liberal feminism. Cultural feminism is a variety of feminism, which emphasizes essential differences between men and women, based on biological differences in reproductive capacity (Lewis). On the other hand, the primary focus of liberal feminism is individual autonomy, rights, liberty, independence, and diversity (Examining Branches of the Feminist Theory). In My Year of Meats, Ozeki shows that gender equality can be perceived and achieved differently, both through the characters and the lens of the feminist theory. In My Year of Meats, Ozeki emphasizes the vague, traditional stereotype in a binary society that women are nurturers whilst men are protectors. Female characters from the novel stray away from this stereotype through the notion of self-sufficiency. After Jane finds out that she…

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