Essay about Feminist Conflict Theory Through the Movie Water

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Deepa Mehta’s Water focuses on widows in India in the year 1938, which was a time when men dominated society and did not accept women’s rights. Women were not allowed to make their own decisions. Many were married off at a young age to older men through arranged marriages. In Hindu Culture at that time, if women were widowed at a young age, the women were expected to throw their bodies on their husband’s funeral pyre and burn to death. This custom is known as sati. However, sati did not happen all the time. Sometimes women were given a choice, they were still outcasts but were allowed to live in very unfortunate circumstances. This alternative was a decision made by the in-laws and the parents to put their daughters in the Ashram (widow …show more content…
The main problem is gender. If males were suffering the same way, the patriarchal society would quickly act on their behalf but females were considered less important (Lashmi 2003: 94).
The radical feminist theory does not approve of the inequality between genders. They believe that whatever males can do, so can females. They also believe that the idea of gender must be altered so that it ends male domination (Potter 2001: 62). What this means for widows would be that they should be allowed to live a life style where they are the master of their own decision and they are allowed to interact with society. They can decide whether or not to get married; in other words, they get their freedom back. The theory emphasizes that women should get more attention because they are victims of oppression of a patriarchal society. Because of gender differences, they are bound to be pushed out (Potter 2001: 62). Basically, widows should not be any different than normal women of society; they should have the same status as a married or single woman. b) Socialist Feminist Theory:
The Socialist Feminist Theory, according to Brym (2007), “regards women’s relationship to the economy as the main source of women’s disadvantages. They believe that the traditional nuclear family emerged, along with inequalities of wealth, and that the economic and sexual oppression of women has its roots

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