Feminism Essay

1172 words - 5 pages

“There are Liberal Feminists, Socialist Feminists and Radical Feminists but no Conservative Feminists”. Discuss. (45)

Over the years different sub movements of the feminist ideology have been developed these include Liberal, Social and Radical forms of feminism, however there are also other forms less well-known forms of the ideology such as post-modernist and eco feminism. However there has been controversy as to whether there can be conservative feminists or not as it looks to be utterly incompatible. Liberal, socialist and radical feminists however all have different views to feminism. Firstly, liberal feminists want a change without having a revolution and believe in having equality ...view middle of the document...

However, there are some women who claim to be Liberal feminists who support women’s movements where women are treated as inferior to men for example forced marriages. And this goes against Liberalist belief of having a live and let live attitude. And also because Liberal feminists accept that men and women have different characteristics and therefore assume that a woman is leaning towards then it doesn’t make up for their belief that they believe in having a truly equal community, therefore making the strain of liberalism and feminism weaker but not as week as the conservative strain of feminism.
There are a number of different Radical feminist groups and they believe that the family but there are a number of main beliefs that they both agree on, for example they see that there is no specific difference between the gender, male and female and that. According to some radical thinkers such as Kate Millet the most fundamental feature of society is sexual oppression. Because we are conditioned from a very young age, both boys and girls and to see the mother in a family as subordinate to the male therefore social conflict is not going to be stopped which was the idea of Germaine Greer. The idea of the radical feminists is to destroy the family and that women should make a life without men and live in women only communities for a period of time to allow women to realise their independent worth and give time for the sexual oppression to be overthrown and then in time return to men but only to be treated on equal terms.
On the other hand we can argue that there are essentially no radical feminists because they have had no advance in carrying out their ideas so is this just a theory which a select few agree too, however it is a very strong strain fighting for the equality etc of women.
The typical socialist feminist sees that women have been exploited in the workplace in the place examples include having lowest wages and being made redundant first and were also exploited in the home as they didn’t receive a wage. Some socialist feminists think that the women in the home should be are paid for their contribution so that they can end the economic dependence on men and be equal whilst carrying out an equally taxing role in society. Because socialist feminists see women’s labour in the home as essential to the efficiency of the economy because they educate and bring up their children therefore economic freedom and social status...

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