Feminism is a wide and very broad topic that has actually been in existence for centuries. I must actually confess that most individuals don’t even have an idea what feminism means. Now, what really is feminism? The term “feminisme” is a French word that was coined in the year 1837 by a philosopher named Charles Fourier. Feminism can be easily defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Feminism is not a topic we can just jump at and talk about without actually analysing it properly.
We also need to understand the different types of feminism. There are so many types of feminism but there are 4 basic types of feminism which include Radical Feminism, Liberal Feminism, Cultural Feminism and Ecofeminism. We are going to briefly explain each one,
Radical Feminism: Radical feminism is a movement that believes sexism is so deeply rooted in society that the only cure is to eliminate the concept of gender completely. How would this be possible? Radical feminists suggest changes, such as finding technology that will allow babies to be grown outside of a woman’s body, to promote more equality between men and women. This will allow women to avoid missing work for maternity leave, which radical feminists argue is one reason women aren’t promoted as quickly as men. In fact, radical feminists would argue that the entire traditional family system is sexist. Men are expected to work outside the home while women are expected to care for children and clean the house.
Liberal Feminism: Here, Feminists strive for sexual equality via down to earth political and legal reform. Liberal feminism is a form of feminism that argues that equality for women can be achieved through legal means and social reform.
Cultural Feminism: It is developed from radical feminism, although they hold many opposing views. It is also a feminist theory of difference that praises the positive aspect of women. As radical feminism died out as a movement, cultural feminism got rolling. Cultural feminism believes in encouraging feminine behaviour rather than masculine behaviour.
Ecofeminism: Ecofeminism is a social and political movement which unites environmentalism and feminism. Ecofeminists believe that these connections are illustrated through traditionally “female” values such as reciprocity, nurturing and cooperation, which are present both among women and in nature.
Down to the main topic, feminism has so many controversial topics, and we are going to be talking about the most controversial of them all:
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