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    The role of women within society has continued to be fought and changed for centuries upon centuries. Catharine Beecher exemplified the ideal woman during the 19th century as she accepted and supported her role as a woman trapped in the domestic sphere in her letter to Angelina Grimke in 1837. Angelina Grimke, however, did not succumb to these values, and was caught preaching abolitionist movements, thus creating the argument between these two women about their place in society. Essentially, both women held opposing views of what role women should play in society, however, both letters exemplified and challenged the expectations of women, and utilized the political use of God to justify their social stance. The example of an ideal 19th century…

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    Fonte was a venetian writer and poet during the European renaissance who often wrote romance and religious poetry. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote the novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a book that was said to have caused the civil war due to…

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    As the abolitionist movement gained traction, many women found themselves advocating in the public sphere. They were actively taking place in petitioning congress and even began publicly speaking out against slavery, a taboo act of the time to say the least. An act that did not go unopposed as can be seen Catharine Beecher’s letter to Angelina Grimké, an anti-slavery activist (Beecher, pp. 242-243). “Heaven has appointed to one sex the superior,” she claimed, “and to the other the subordinate…

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    In Feminist settings, conversations surrounding pornographic content and its influence are often polarizing; the discrepancy of attitudes towards pornography between opposing parties can be acrimonious and fraught with tension. Radical feminists tend to take up an anti-pornography stance, citing concerns of the representation of women, violent and sexist practices of the pornography industry and violence that correlates with the consumption of pornography. Liberal, sex-positive feminists have…

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    Don’t take this article the wrong way, support of women 's rights is a good thing, but there are few that take it beyond what it is. They call themselves feminists, others would consider them as radical feminists. There is a difference between the two, feminism is a belief that man and woman should be equal in society and have equal opportunity in the world; radical feminism is a belief that men have been dominating over women for years and the women should be above the men in the societal…

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    any relationship exists between pornography and violence, between images and behavior. Even the pro-censorship Meese Commission Report admitted that the data connecting pornography to violence was unreliable… Feminist Thelma McCormick (1983) for the Metropolitan Toronto Task Force on Violence Against Women, find no pattern to connect porn and sex crimes.” Main arguments posed by anti-porn feminists against pornography are as follows; (i) pornography is degrading to women, (ii) pornography…

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    From Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, feminism is defined as “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” Throughout history, feminism has existed and along with it, so has many different theories offering different guiding principles and politics for how to act in the world (Bromley, 2012). As time progresses, different social and political reforms emerge and with that, so does the reorganization of feminist theories. During the early 1960s, a new wave of feminism…

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    We have all heard of feminism or at least heard of a feminist. Now what is feminism? Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Women have come a long way from not being able to work and basically being forced to stay home and do housework all day to being able to vote, get an education, and have a job. It was always believed that men were superior to women. In 1895 Susan B. Anthony, a civil rights leader, said “No man is good…

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    Langton’s article “Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts ” argues that pornography silences women. This is similar to Katherine MacKinnon’s thesis and throughout the rest of her article, Langton labels pornography as a speech act, or an utterance, which has illocutionary effects that support MacKinnon’s claims of: 1) pornography subordinating women and 2) pornography silencing women. Langton introduces the terms locutionary, illocutionary, and perlocutionary to explain the effects of pornography. To…

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    2.2 Pornography - A Form of Oppression to Women? Academic literature on pornography (e.g. history of production and regulation of pornography) is extensive, and tends to focus on the male consumption of pornography. As afore-discussed, the evolution of the market of pornography couples with technological innovations could imply an increasing trend of men and women participating the production and/or consumption of pornography. However, many research on pornography such as Malamuth, Addison…

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