Essay On Liberal Feminism

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When discussing the different feminist theories, it is highly important to define feminism. Whenever we discuss feminism often or not, patriarchy is brought to the table. Looking through the lenses of women today; we notice different situations because of the diversity among ourselves (women in this case). Skin color, gender, sexual orientation, religion and nationality all play a huge role in the discussion of what connects women to each other. We will be taking a look at how patriarchy infiltrates most of the legal, social and political channels. As most would guess, there are common grounds between different feminist schools of thought. Liberal feminism and radical feminism can be very different than one another yet at the same time look …show more content…
The tradition concept of feminism had been ignored by Liberal feminism because it just so happens to be that women are far more oppressed than men in societies around the globe. Earlier, we quoted from Mary Wollstonecraft. Her writing is considered one of the greatest works in the field of Liberal feminism. The basis of equality between men and women is rooted from rational reasoning that women have the same mental aptitude as males. Liberal feminism says women should have the right to choose. Women are sensible human beings just like men (giving both sexes the same rights). One area of difference between liberal feminism and radical feminism is that liberal feminists wouldn’t push for liberation of behalf of all women (necessarily), but instead push towards giving women equal rights (on an individual basis) in relation to the status and individual rights men hold. In summary, Liberal feminists are reformers and use legislation to gather force. Legislation if passed demands equal opportunities and rights for women, including minimizing the wage gap and equal access to jobs. The belief liberal feminists hold is by removing these roadblocks it would challenge patriarchy (thus liberating women). Even though all these are positive aspects, what were the criticisms of Liberal feminism? Some of them include (taken from page 75 and 76 in Doing Feminist

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