In the 19th century, feminism was fairly easily defined. Put broadly, it was the movement away from corsets and other restricting clothing and towards voting rights. In the 20th century, feminists rallied against prescribed gender roles and lobbied for gender equality in the home and workplace. The constant and overriding theme, however, was the promotion of blurred gender roles.
Today, feminism has a much more fragmented definition. While some feminists still assert that women should be treated the same as men (often citing salary differences), others insist that society should be more conscious of the differences between men and women and allow women to pursue their feminine inclinations (such as housewivery and motherhood) without disdain. I’m going to call this fragmented feminism post-feminism. So take a look at the articles below and ask yourself: what do you think is post-feminism?
>> The Feminist Housewife <<
“Feminists who say they’re having it all—by choosing to stay home.”
>> Why Women Still Can’t Have It All <<
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton professor and first woman director of policy planning in the State Department, explains her decision to give up her post for her children.
>> Susan Patton’s ‘Daily Princetonian’ Article Urges Female Students To Find Husbands Before Graduating <<
Susan Patton, Princeton alumnus, encourages current students to find their husbands before it’s too late, citing her own failed marriage as evidence. Internet backlash ensues.
>> Susan Patton Told the Truth <<
A male journalist at the Wall St. Journal affirms that it is necessary for women to find their husbands as soon as possible.
Some thoughts about this. This is the kind of article which explains why it is so hard for women to even begin to fight the bias which exists in society today. How are you supposed to fight for a certain demographic if members of that group don’t support your cause and if anything work to fight against it. You may never find a member of certain race who is racist but it is far from difficult to find a woman who is sexist. Maybe this can be attributed to gender ideals in past years but whatever it is there are always going to be those women out there who say things like women used to have a pedestal of their own but were convinced by feminists that they didn’t.
Something this article reminds me of is this story I heard on the radio a while back. The story was talking about how Sweden was banning the use of baby pictures used to advertise for baby formula because they wanted to encourage more women to stop using baby- formula and go the natural route. This is another one of those instances where the government, men and pretty much everyone seems to think they have the right to tell women what to do. And when exactly did this become OK? When women started fighting for equality it brought women’s rights into a social platform and so automatically people decided everything concerning women was an issue that could be discussed and decided on a level higher than the woman herself? This goes perfectly with the whole birth control being over the counter debate. When did these become women’s issues? I saw a campaign for an independent party candidate during the presidential election who’s tagline was something along the lines of if women were running these debates we would be debating equal pay not birth control.
There you have it.