Reflection Paper On Feminism

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Feminism is a living movement that has changed many times in its practice and perception. These changes depend on many things such as the current issues facing women and how people view those issues. The context of an individual 's life can have an enormous impact on both their awareness to and perception of feminism in its various iterations. My grandmother, my mother, and myself have all come up in varying time periods, economic circumstances, and cultural settings which have created within us a myriad of experiences with feminism. With these different experiences, we each have our own perception of feminism; what it is, what successes it has made, and how it affects our lives. These differences are largely generational and can be compared …show more content…
These movements were taking place through much of her early childhood and thus she has primarily lived in a world where children are taught to aspire to greatness no matter their gender. Whether the possibility to reach these goals is truly independent of gender bias is a matter of debate. Yet my mother has led a life of great independence, she earns more money than my father, leads an active life of volunteer work in addition to her career and family life, and truly is self-sufficient. Unlike my grandmother, my mother is not reliant on the direction of anyone else to take care of her daily life. She collaborates with many people, such as my father, but because of her upbringing she is not the subservient housewife of the generation before her. By all accounts she is the strong, bread-winning woman that many feminists would approve of. But she herself doesn 't agree with some modern feminist thinking. She told me that her concept of feminism was empowerment for women to do whatever they want and that she considers herself to be a feminist. Contrary to this though she revealed that she doesn 't think of positions, such as the presidency, to be a woman 's place. She believes that there exists some innate factor that separates men and women 's abilities to perform in positions of power. Despite having reaped the rewards of women 's …show more content…
As much as there has been increased awareness and activism on women 's issues there is also a growing movement that would continue to keep women in a subservient role. The recent United States election and worldwide growth of alt-right political movements has highlighted such repressive views towards women and other minority groups. The rhetoric used by these groups not only suggests that there is no need to advance the standing of women in society but also that it is women who are oppressing men. As feminism continues in the modern world it will be important to not only remain committed to advocating for the advancement of women but to also engage in a healthy dialogue to rectify the hateful thinking of such

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