Feminism From 1970 And 1980 Essay

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Feminism From 1970 and 1980 To Now The people and events from the 1970’s and 1980’s have greatly influenced feminism today. During this time period women reemerged as more rebellious to traditional female roles. Feminism is “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” (Watson 2015). The second wave of Feminism was during this time period. Feminism used different forms of media and entertainment to get its point in the open. One way the feminist movement got the message across was through literature. An example of feminist literature is Norman Mailer 's 1984 detective novel Tough Guys Don 't Dance. Tough Guys Don’t Dance occurs at a crossroads in the cultural materialization of American maleness. Mailer’s novel is an allegorical satire on the politics of the Reagan eighties and its codes of masculinity (Duguid 2006). In recent years there has been a tendency to productively engage his work in terms of historical shifts in constructions of post-war masculinity. “The style is self-parody of a kind that conforms to one aspect of masculine aggression: the gratuitous offence against liberal good taste, what James Ellroy calls “dog language.” (Duguid 2006). Feminism helped bring to light the corrupt thoughts of what rape is compared to what it really is in Susan Estrich’s novel Real Rape. Estrich broadcasted the injustices of legislature and how rape causes were…

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