Feminism at Work

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In an almost entirely male workplace, organizing around workplace safety involves having a complicated understanding of gender politics and a specific set of skills for navigating them.

Specifically, the guys I work with will often not work safe unless there is another issue at stake. We will do job actions which rely on enforcing safety regulations only if somebody is suspended for something else, being off the job for example. Safety issues on their own, and not as a strategy for slowing productivity, are ignored. Management actively denies what union activists know, that the hazards exist at work because of how work is organized, that workers themselves do not create these hazards.

Consequently the union membership has no active demands or positions around safety. Management makes safety equipment available for liability reasons and uses safety violations as a way to discipline workers.

In my workplace safety, previously a union victory, has become a tool of management. Because of this dominant workplace culture, organizing for more effective and widespread safety measures at work is also organizing against some of this staunchly hetero-normative masculine behavior.

Organizing with the goal of redefining what is valued on the shop floor, not hypermasculinity but collective engagement in class struggle, is essentially a socialist-feminist project: What we as socialist feminists believe is that it is possible, necessary, to live a life in which you are not constantly struggling to meet the standards of oppressive gender roles, and that individual struggle must not interfere with our collective project of building working class power. Understanding gender roles plays such a central role to organizing in my workplace because hypermasculinity is such a big part of the dominant culture there.

Though I want to recognize and understand this workplace culture, I do not want to essentialize any aspect of gender or sexuality. Some of the people I work with are not as macho; there are some women, there are macho women, there are serious union activists who derive their macho pride from yelling at the boss and not from working unsafely, and there are much more passive characters, etc.

I am trying to say that the diversity of the working class, which is truly infinite, is not made apparent by the dominant cultures in our workplaces and our unions. These cultures are often a response to how work is organized, which is not by the class, or to how union life is organized, which is not often enough by the class. Therefore, gradually chipping away at the homogenous and destructive force of patriarchy and homophobia in these places makes the way for real and lasting change. After months of organizing with this socialist-feminist understanding at the core, my whole shop is getting closer to working safely for our own sake.

Increasingly, there is not as much to prove as before, and what was perceived as a defense of gender is not as necessary. What we are now defending is our collective rights to a safe workplace, reclaiming that tool from management. We have had only some success with this at my shop, but the amount of convincing it takes to get people on board has decreased drastically, which is a sign that solidarity has increased.

Some of the success of the feminist movement has been the creation of rules for behavior and legal recourse for people who encounter discrimination and hostility on the job. These rules are valuable and are the consequence of a very real and brave fight by people of color, queers and women on the job. Without a politicized union membership, however, these rules do not get integrated into the core of what solidarity looks like.

And without anti-racist, feminist and queer organizing in the workplace, there is not the collective commitment to confront these violations of union solidarity. Management, afraid of lawsuits, essentially enforces these rules around sexism, homophobia and racism. It is our job as activists, especially in the workplace, not to allow these victories of the movement to be turned into the very things that undo our movement. We need to redefine the terms of what it means to be union, what it means to be human.

It is our job to intervene effectively in all of these manifestations of racism, sexism and homophobia on the job. This is the difference between a socialist- feminist approach to building a collective that can demand and enforce the rights of all union members, and a liberal approach to simply safeguarding individual rights. A socialist-feminist approach is not only more effective in terms of building lasting structures and relationships to preserve the essence of feminist, queer and anti-racist demands, but it makes more sense.

It demands that people be their best for the sake of their coworkers, for the sake of the union. It builds relationships and responsibility to the collective. Liberal politics depend on the class for support but work in opposition to the class, privileging individual mobility and individual citizenship.

Radicalism places all of these individual struggles in the context of how capitalism alienates us from each other and ourselves. Placing workplace struggles in this context is a radical project. Understanding how gender plays a role in alienating people from each other and themselves is a socialist-feminist project. Socialist feminism is also an approach to organizing because it understands the role gender plays in developing the class conscious of workers as well as understanding the personal as political.

And this is radical. These personal politics play out while organizing around workplace issues and in informal social interactions away from work. Occasionally people go out, drink, open up to each other, and we as human beings who struggle with the ways capitalism organizes our lives on and off the job share our stories with each other about our needs for respect and care, our needs to respect and care.

But we share an understanding that we are in this together because of our struggles, not in spite of them, and challenging each other to be fuller people is part of our project as a class.

In all of this formal and informal conversation, issues of gender, sexuality, race, the war, how we organize our personal lives, relationships and work are constant. Being a socialist feminist helps to understand what people say, and why they say it.

And people are brilliant, insightful, creative and sincerely trying to understand this mess capitalism has made of our lives. They are interested in engaging with and arguing about all of these issues and desire for these struggles to be taken seriously.

As radicals, as socialist feminists, we do take all of these personal struggles seriously. It is at the core of what we believe. The effects of capitalism on our identities and how we organize our lives are sometimes traumatic. We do not reduce our politics to only these personal struggles, but we incorporate them into our understanding of the world and our approach to organizing.

This is appealing to people. This is socialist feminism. If this can be seen as one of our goals in the workplace, and in the world, we need to approach it as activists.

We need to earn the respect and trust of our coworkers, our community. This is no small task. Our approach to being good organizers is also derived from our socialist feminist tradition.

We integrate our understanding of the centrality of our gender roles in developing political consciousness with our methods for building democratic movements. Individual identities are fragmented under capitalism, there are unrealistic standards for living under this gendered order, and the wholeness of our humanity takes a backseat to surviving under capitalism.

I experienced this myself when I started at my job. I kept looking for opportunities to talk to other workers as a worker about the contract, the wages, working conditions, union, and management, but instead found people most interested in personal life — theirs and mine.

Feminists in these countries continued to fight for voting rights. In Switzerland , women gained the right to vote in federal elections in ; [49] but in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden women obtained the right to vote on local issues only in , when the canton was forced to do so by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.

Three prior referendums held in , and had failed to secure women's right to vote. Feminists continued to campaign for the reform of family laws which gave husbands control over their wives. Although by the 20th century coverture had been abolished in the UK and the US, in many continental European countries married women still had very few rights.

For instance, in France married women did not receive the right to work without their husband's permission until Second-wave feminism is a feminist movement beginning in the early s [58] and continuing to the present; as such, it coexists with third-wave feminism.

Second-wave feminism is largely concerned with issues of equality beyond suffrage, such as ending gender discrimination. Second-wave feminists see women's cultural and political inequalities as inextricably linked and encourage women to understand aspects of their personal lives as deeply politicized and as reflecting sexist power structures.

The feminist activist and author Carol Hanisch coined the slogan "The Personal is Political", which became synonymous with the second wave. Second- and third-wave feminism in China has been characterized by a reexamination of women's roles during the communist revolution and other reform movements, and new discussions about whether women's equality has actually been fully achieved.

In , President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt initiated " state feminism ", which outlawed discrimination based on gender and granted women's suffrage, but also blocked political activism by feminist leaders. In Latin America , revolutions brought changes in women's status in countries such as Nicaragua , where feminist ideology during the Sandinista Revolution aided women's quality of life but fell short of achieving a social and ideological change. In , Betty Friedan 's book The Feminine Mystique was published and helped voice the discontent that American women felt.

The book is widely credited with sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism in the United States. Within ten years, after Friedan's successful publishing, women made up more than half of the total percentage in the First World workforce.

Third-wave feminism is traced to the emergence of the Riot grrrl feminist punk subculture in Olympia, Washington , in the early s, [66] [67] and to Anita Hill 's televised testimony in —to an all-male, all-white Senate Judiciary Committee —that Clarence Thomas , nominated for the Supreme Court of the United States , had sexually harassed her.

The term third wave is credited to Rebecca Walker , who responded to Thomas's appointment to the Supreme Court with an article in Ms. So I write this as a plea to all women, especially women of my generation: Let this dismissal of a woman's experience move you to anger. Turn that outrage into political power.

Do not vote for them unless they work for us. Do not have sex with them, do not break bread with them, do not nurture them if they don't prioritize our freedom to control our bodies and our lives. I am not a post-feminism feminist. I am the Third Wave.

Third-wave feminism also sought to challenge or avoid what it deemed the second wave's essentialist definitions of femininity , which, third-wave feminists argued, over-emphasized the experiences of upper middle-class white women. Third-wave feminists often focused on " micro-politics " and challenged the second wave's paradigm as to what was, or was not, good for women, and tended to use a post-structuralist interpretation of gender and sexuality.

Standpoint theory is a feminist theoretical point of view that believes a persons' social position influences their knowledge. This perspective argues that research and theory treats women and the feminist movement as insignificant and refuses to see traditional science as unbiased.

Fourth-wave feminism refers to a resurgence of interest in feminism that began around and is associated with the use of social media. Its essence, she writes, is "incredulity that certain attitudes can still exist".

Fourth-wave feminism is "defined by technology", according to Kira Cochrane , and is characterized particularly by the use of Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , YouTube , Tumblr , and blogs such as Feministing to challenge misogyny and further gender equality. Issues that fourth-wave feminists focus on include street and workplace harassment , campus sexual assault and rape culture. Scandals involving the harassment, abuse, and murder of women and girls have galvanized the movement.

These have included the Delhi gang rape , Jimmy Savile allegations , the Bill Cosby allegations , Isla Vista killings , trial of Jian Ghomeshi , Harvey Weinstein allegations and subsequent Weinstein effect , and the Westminster sexual scandals.

In December , Time magazine chose several prominent female activists involved in the MeToo movement, dubbed "the silence breakers", as Person of the Year. The term post-feminism is used to describe a range of viewpoints reacting to feminism since the s.

While not being "anti-feminist", post-feminists believe that women have achieved second wave goals while being critical of third wave feminist goals. The term was first used to describe a backlash against second-wave feminism, but it is now a label for a wide range of theories that take critical approaches to previous feminist discourses and includes challenges to the second wave's ideas.

Feminist theory is the extension of feminism into theoretical or philosophical fields. It encompasses work in a variety of disciplines, including anthropology , sociology , economics , women's studies , literary criticism , [90] [91] art history , [92] psychoanalysis [93] and philosophy.

While providing a critique of these social and political relations, much of feminist theory also focuses on the promotion of women's rights and interests. Themes explored in feminist theory include discrimination, stereotyping , objectification especially sexual objectification , oppression , and patriarchy. The first she calls "feminist critique", in which the feminist reader examines the ideologies behind literary phenomena.

The second Showalter calls " gynocriticism ", in which the "woman is producer of textual meaning". However, as the scholar Elizabeth Wright points out, "none of these French feminists align themselves with the feminist movement as it appeared in the Anglophone world". Some branches of feminism closely track the political leanings of the larger society, such as liberalism and conservatism, or focus on the environment. Liberal feminism seeks individualistic equality of men and women through political and legal reform without altering the structure of society.

Catherine Rottenberg has argued that the neoliberal shirt in Liberal feminism has led to that form of feminism being individualized rather than collectivized and becoming detached from social inequality. Radical feminism considers the male-controlled capitalist hierarchy as the defining feature of women's oppression and the total uprooting and reconstruction of society as necessary.

Libertarian feminism conceives of people as self-owners and therefore as entitled to freedom from coercive interference. Lesbian feminism is thus closely related.

Other feminists criticize separatist feminism as sexist. Rosemary Hennessy and Chrys Ingraham say that materialist forms of feminism grew out of Western Marxist thought and have inspired a number of different but overlapping movements, all of which are involved in a critique of capitalism and are focused on ideology's relationship to women.

Sara Ahmed argues that Black and Postcolonial feminisms pose a challenge "to some of the organizing premises of Western feminist thought. Since that time, women in developing nations and former colonies and who are of colour or various ethnicities or living in poverty have proposed additional feminisms. In the late twentieth century various feminists began to argue that gender roles are socially constructed , [] [] and that it is impossible to generalize women's experiences across cultures and histories.

Feminist views on transgender people differ. Some feminists do not view trans women as women, [] believing that they have male privilege due to their sex assignment at birth. Riot grrrls took an anti-corporate stance of self-sufficiency and self-reliance. According to poll, 18 percent of Americans consider themselves feminists, while 85 percent reported they believe in "equality for women". Despite the popular belief in equal rights, 52 percent did not identify as feminist, 26 percent were unsure, and four percent provided no response.

Feminist views on sexuality vary, and have differed by historical period and by cultural context. Feminist attitudes to female sexuality have taken a few different directions. Matters such as the sex industry , sexual representation in the media, and issues regarding consent to sex under conditions of male dominance have been particularly controversial among feminists.

This debate has culminated in the late s and the s, in what came to be known as the feminist sex wars , which pitted anti-pornography feminism against sex-positive feminism , and parts of the feminist movement were deeply divided by these debates. Over the course of the s, a large number of influential women accepted lesbian and bisexual women as part of feminism.

Opinions on the sex industry are diverse. Feminists critical of the sex industry generally see it as the exploitative result of patriarchal social structures which reinforce sexual and cultural attitudes complicit in rape and sexual harassment. Alternately, feminists who support at least part of the sex industry argue that it can be a medium of feminist expression and a means for women to take control of their sexuality.

Feminist views of pornography range from condemnation of pornography as a form of violence against women , to an embracing of some forms of pornography as a medium of feminist expression. For feminists, a woman's right to control her own sexuality is a key issue. Feminists such as Catharine MacKinnon argue that women have very little control over their own bodies, with female sexuality being largely controlled and defined by men in patriarchal societies.

Feminists argue that sexual violence committed by men is often rooted in ideologies of male sexual entitlement, and that these systems grant women very few legitimate options to refuse sexual advances. Feminists argue that all cultures are, in one way or another, dominated by ideologies that largely deny women the right to decide how to express their sexuality, because men under patriarchy feel entitled to define sex on their own terms.

This entitlement can take different forms, depending on the culture. In many [ clarification needed ] parts of the world, especially in conservative and religious cultures, marriage is regarded as an institution which requires a wife to be sexually available at all times, virtually without limit; thus, forcing or coercing sex on a wife is not considered a crime or even an abusive behaviour.

This is played out in the sexual objectification of women, with pornography and other forms of sexual entertainment creating the fantasy that all women exist solely for men's sexual pleasure, and that women are readily available and desiring to engage in sex at any time, with any man, on a man's terms. Sandra Harding says that the "moral and political insights of the women's movement have inspired social scientists and biologists to raise critical questions about the ways traditional researchers have explained gender, sex and relations within and between the social and natural worlds.

Lynn Hankinson Nelson notes that feminist empiricists find fundamental differences between the experiences of men and women. Thus, they seek to obtain knowledge through the examination of the experiences of women, and to "uncover the consequences of omitting, misdescribing, or devaluing them" to account for a range of human experience.

One criticism of feminist epistemology is that it allows social and political values to influence its findings. Modern feminism challenges the essentialist view of gender as biologically intrinsic. Feminism in psychology emerged as a critique of the dominant male outlook on psychological research where only male perspectives were studied with all male subjects. As women earned doctorates in psychology, females and their issues were introduced as legitimate topics of study.

Feminist psychology emphasizes social context, lived experience, and qualitative analysis. Gender-based inquiries into and conceptualization of architecture have also come about, leading to feminism in modern architecture. Piyush Mathur coined the term "archigenderic". Claiming that "architectural planning has an inextricable link with the defining and regulation of gender roles, responsibilities, rights, and limitations", Mathur came up with that term "to explore Feminist activists have established a range of feminist businesses , including women's bookstores, feminist credit unions, feminist presses, feminist mail-order catalogs, and feminist restaurants.

These businesses flourished as part of the second and third-waves of feminism in the s, s, and s. Corresponding with general developments within feminism, and often including such self-organizing tactics as the consciousness-raising group, the movement began in the s and flourished throughout the s. We are trying to change the future: The feminist movement produced feminist fiction, feminist non-fiction, and feminist poetry, which created new interest in women's writing.

It also prompted a general reevaluation of women's historical and academic contributions in response to the belief that women's lives and contributions have been underrepresented as areas of scholarly interest. Much of the early period of feminist literary scholarship was given over to the rediscovery and reclamation of texts written by women. In Western feminist literary scholarship, Studies like Dale Spender 's Mothers of the Novel and Jane Spencer's The Rise of the Woman Novelist were ground-breaking in their insistence that women have always been writing.

Commensurate with this growth in scholarly interest, various presses began the task of reissuing long-out-of-print texts. Virago Press began to publish its large list of 19th and earlyth-century novels in and became one of the first commercial presses to join in the project of reclamation. In the s Pandora Press, responsible for publishing Spender's study, issued a companion line of 18th-century novels written by women.

Particular works of literature have come to be known as key feminist texts. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft , is one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf , is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy. The widespread interest in women's writing is related to a general reassessment and expansion of the literary canon.

Interest in post-colonial literatures , gay and lesbian literature , writing by people of colour, working people's writing, and the cultural productions of other historically marginalized groups has resulted in a whole scale expansion of what is considered "literature", and genres hitherto not regarded as "literary", such as children's writing, journals, letters, travel writing, and many others are now the subjects of scholarly interest.

According to Elyce Rae Helford, "Science fiction and fantasy serve as important vehicles for feminist thought, particularly as bridges between theory and practice. Feminist nonfiction has played an important role in voicing concerns about women's lived experiences. In addition, many feminist movements have embraced poetry as a vehicle through which to communicate feminist ideas to public audiences through anthologies, poetry collections, and public readings.

Women's music or womyn's music or wimmin's music is the music by women , for women, and about women. Feminism became a principal concern of musicologists in the s [] as part of the New Musicology. Prior to this, in the s, musicologists were beginning to discover women composers and performers, and had begun to review concepts of canon , genius, genre and periodization from a feminist perspective.

In other words, the question of how women musicians fit into traditional music history was now being asked. Concepts such as music as gendered discourse; professionalism; reception of women's music; examination of the sites of music production; relative wealth and education of women ; popular music studies in relation to women's identity; patriarchal ideas in music analysis; and notions of gender and difference are among the themes examined during this time.

While the music industry has long been open to having women in performance or entertainment roles, women are much less likely to have positions of authority, such as being the leader of an orchestra. Feminist cinema, advocating or illustrating feminist perspectives, arose largely with the development of feminist film theory in the late '60s and early '70s.

Women who were radicalized during the s by political debate and sexual liberation; but the failure of radicalism to produce substantive change for women galvanized them to form consciousness-raising groups and set about analysing, from different perspectives, dominant cinema's construction of women.

Approaches in philosophy and psychoanalysis fuelled feminist film criticism, feminist independent film and feminist distribution. It has been argued that there are two distinct approaches to independent, theoretically inspired feminist filmmaking. The second approach, a feminist counterculture, embodies feminine writing to investigate a specifically feminine cinematic language. During the s—s heyday of the big Hollywood studios, the status of women in the industry was abysmal.

This progress stagnated in the 90s, and men outnumber women five to one in behind the camera roles. Since the late nineteenth century some feminists have allied with socialism, whereas others have criticized socialist ideology for being insufficiently concerned about women's rights.

August Bebel , an early activist of the German Social Democratic Party SPD , published his work Die Frau und der Sozialismus , juxtaposing the struggle for equal rights between sexes with social equality in general. In there was an International Conference of Socialist Women in Stuttgart where suffrage was described as a tool of class struggle.

Clara Zetkin of the SPD called for women's suffrage to build a " socialist order, the only one that allows for a radical solution to the women's question ". In Britain, the women's movement was allied with the Labour party. Radical Women is the oldest socialist feminist organization in the U. Although she supported equal rights for women, she opposed women fighting on the front and clashed with the anarcha-feminist Mujeres Libres. Feminists in Ireland in the early 20th century included the revolutionary Irish Republican , suffragette and socialist Constance Markievicz who in was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons.

Fascism has been prescribed dubious stances on feminism by its practitioners and by women's groups. Amongst other demands concerning social reform presented in the Fascist manifesto in was expanding the suffrage to all Italian citizens of age 18 and above, including women accomplished only in , after the defeat of fascism and eligibility for all to stand for office from age This demand was particularly championed by special Fascist women's auxiliary groups such as the fasci femminilli and only partly realized in , under pressure from Prime Minister Benito Mussolini 's more conservative coalition partners.

Cyprian Blamires states that although feminists were among those who opposed the rise of Adolf Hitler , feminism has a complicated relationship with the Nazi movement as well.

While Nazis glorified traditional notions of patriarchal society and its role for women, they claimed to recognize women's equality in employment. The civil rights movement has influenced and informed the feminist movement and vice versa. Many Western feminists adapted the language and theories of black equality activism and drew parallels between women's rights and the rights of non-white people. Neoliberalism has been criticized by feminist theory for having a negative effect on the female workforce population across the globe, especially in the global south.

Masculinist assumptions and objectives continue to dominate economic and geopolitical thinking. Proponents of neoliberalism have theorized that by increasing women's participation in the workforce, there will be heightened economic progress, but feminist critics have noted that this participation alone does not further equality in gender relations.

The feminist movement has effected change in Western society, including women's suffrage; greater access to education; more nearly equitable pay with men; the right to initiate divorce proceedings; the right of women to make individual decisions regarding pregnancy including access to contraceptives and abortion ; and the right to own property.

From the s on, the campaign for women's rights [] was met with mixed results [] in the U. Other countries of the EEC agreed to ensure that discriminatory laws would be phased out across the European Community. Some feminist campaigning also helped reform attitudes to child sexual abuse. The view that young girls cause men to have sexual intercourse with them was replaced by that of men's responsibility for their own conduct, the men being adults.

Reproductive rights in the U. Wade enunciating a woman's right to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to term. Western women gained more reliable birth control , allowing family planning and careers.

The movement started in the s in the U. In the final three decades of the 20th century, Western women knew a new freedom through birth control , which enabled women to plan their adult lives, often making way for both career and family. The division of labour within households was affected by the increased entry of women into workplaces in the 20th century. Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild found that, in two-career couples, men and women, on average, spend about equal amounts of time working, but women still spend more time on housework, [] [] although Cathy Young responded by arguing that women may prevent equal participation by men in housework and parenting.

Brown writes, "Women are most likely to make a substantial contribution when subsistence activities have the following characteristics: It came into force in those nations ratifying it. Feminist jurisprudence is a branch of jurisprudence that examines the relationship between women and law. It addresses questions about the history of legal and social biases against women and about the enhancement of their legal rights.

Feminist jurisprudence signifies a reaction to the philosophical approach of modern legal scholars , who typically see law as a process for interpreting and perpetuating a society's universal, gender-neutral ideals. Feminist legal scholars claim that this fails to acknowledge women's values or legal interests or the harms that they may anticipate or experience.

Proponents of gender-neutral language argue that the use of gender-specific language often implies male superiority or reflects an unequal state of society. Merriam-Webster chose "feminism" as its Word of the Year, noting that "Word of the Year is a quantitative measure of interest in a particular word.

Feminist theology is a movement that reconsiders the traditions, practices, scriptures, and theologies of religions from a feminist perspective. Some of the goals of feminist theology include increasing the role of women among the clergy and religious authorities, reinterpreting male-dominated imagery and language about God, determining women's place in relation to career and motherhood, and studying images of women in the religion's sacred texts.

Christian feminism is a branch of feminist theology which seeks to interpret and understand Christianity in light of the equality of women and men, and that this interpretation is necessary for a complete understanding of Christianity. While there is no standard set of beliefs among Christian feminists, most agree that God does not discriminate on the basis of sex, and are involved in issues such as the ordination of women , male dominance and the balance of parenting in Christian marriage , claims of moral deficiency and inferiority of women compared to men, and the overall treatment of women in the church.

Islamic feminists advocate women's rights, gender equality , and social justice grounded within an Islamic framework. Advocates seek to highlight the deeply rooted teachings of equality in the Quran and encourage a questioning of the patriarchal interpretation of Islamic teaching through the Quran, hadith sayings of Muhammad , and sharia law towards the creation of a more equal and just society.

Buddhist feminism is a movement that seeks to improve the religious, legal, and social status of women within Buddhism. It is an aspect of feminist theology which seeks to advance and understand the equality of men and women morally, socially, spiritually, and in leadership from a Buddhist perspective.

The Buddhist feminist Rita Gross describes Buddhist feminism as "the radical practice of the co-humanity of women and men.

Jewish feminism is a movement that seeks to improve the religious, legal, and social status of women within Judaism and to open up new opportunities for religious experience and leadership for Jewish women.

The main issues for early Jewish feminists in these movements were the exclusion from the all-male prayer group or minyan , the exemption from positive time-bound mitzvot , and women's inability to function as witnesses and to initiate divorce. Dianic Wicca is a feminist-centred thealogy. Secular or atheist feminists have engaged in feminist criticism of religion, arguing that many religions have oppressive rules towards women and misogynistic themes and elements in religious texts.

Patriarchy is a social system in which society is organized around male authority figures. In this system fathers have authority over women, children, and property. It implies the institutions of male rule and privilege, and is dependent on female subordination.

Carole Pateman argues that the patriarchal distinction "between masculinity and femininity is the political difference between freedom and subjection. Feminist theory typically characterizes patriarchy as a social construction, which can be overcome by revealing and critically analyzing its manifestations.

Feminist theory has explored the social construction of masculinity and its implications for the goal of gender equality. The social construct of masculinity is seen by feminism as problematic because it associates males with aggression and competition, and reinforces patriarchal and unequal gender relations. Male participation in feminism is generally encouraged by feminists and is seen as an important strategy for achieving full societal commitment to gender equality.

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Feminist Perspectives on Class and Work First published Fri Oct 1, ; substantive revision Wed Sep 28, A good place to situate the start of theoretical debates about women, class and work is in the intersection with Marxism and feminism. America's Stay-at-Home Feminists. an answer neither feminist leaders nor women themselves want to face -- is that while the public world has changed, albeit imperfectly, to accommodate women. The people I worked with were, in a funny way, more socialist feminist than I was, integrating their work and after work lives, being moved completely by both experiences. They challenged me to do the same, to be myself comfortably.


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