Essay on The Second Wave Of Feminism

1423 Words Oct 29th, 2015 6 Pages
However, de facto inequality within society makes equality difficult to achieve. Gender equality can be achieved according to Mill through changing the laws in regards to marital contracts and allowing women to own property, but for Beauvoir this is not sufficient. “Even when her rights are legally recognized in the abstract, long-standing custom prevents their full expression…”(Pg. 606). Beauvoir argues that the economic sphere perpetuates this inequality because men being the bourgeoisie have better opportunities, while the women, the proletariat, are exploited. Beauvoir’s recognition of gender equality through legal means is not sufficient sets the stage for the second wave of feminism.
The second wave of feminism begins approximately at the end of World War II. Catherine Mackinnon the author of Feminism Unmodified discusses how legal achievements for gender inequality had been more consequential towards the feminist movement than aiding the movement. “Feminism has not changed the status of women. It is not enough to observe that social change is glacial, law is inadequate to move anything basic, and power is powerful.”(Pg. 2). Mackinnon makes her argument through an analysis of several different aspects that she identifies as contributing to gender inequality.
Dominance is one of these contributing factors of gender inequality. Mackinnon states that men are dominant over women, and this social relation of dominance is sexual. “Dominance, principally by men, and…

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