Feminism Is The Belief Of Political, Economic, And Cultural Equality For Men And Women

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Feminism is the belief of political, economic, and cultural equality for men and women. The history of feminism is often divided into three waves, the first wave took place in between the 19th and early 20th century, and focused on the women’s suffrage movements. Then followed the second wave from the 1960s to 1970s, and the third wave was from the 1990s to present day. Many wonder, is feminism still relevant? How does society view feminism? Social issues such as the work wage gap and rape culture prove a persistent inequality between men and women, which justifies the need for and relevance of the feminist movement in today’s society.
The Women Against Violence Against Women webpage defines rape culture as “the ways in which society blamed victims of sexual assault and normalized sexual violence.” The ideas of rape culture are very prevalent: women are blamed for being raped, and men are told they cannot be raped. Recently, the actor Shia Labeouf spoke out about how he was raped during one of his art shows and the response he received from the public was disgustingly unsympathetic. Many people scoffed at the claim, saying he as a man should welcome sex. Similarly, in the last year or so, about 26 women have come forward saying that actor Bill Cosby drugged and raped them; their stories all follow a similar pattern. But, since Bill Cosby is a well-respected man the majority of people think they are all lying just to get to his money. Gender or social status of the victims or…

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