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Oppression is defined by The Collins Paperback English Dictionary as to subjugate by cruelty force etc To afflict or torment To lie heavy on the mind etc According to one of the authors in the book Feminist Frontiers IV Marilyn Frye saysThe root of the word oppression is the element press The press of the crowd pressed into the military service to press a pair of pants printing press printing press press the button Presses are used to mold things or flatten them or reduce them in bulk Something pressed is something caught between or among forces and barriers which are so related to each other that jointly they restrain restrict or prevent the things motion or mobility Mold Immobilise ReduceThe word oppression is often related to feminism The statement that women are oppressed is often found with the statement that men are oppressed as well According to Frye oppressing is oppressive to those who oppress as well as to those they oppress It is not only women who are oppressed Men claim their oppression as the fact that they are not supposed to show their emotion they arent allowed to cry it is unacceptable In many countries for example Afghanistan women are deeply oppressed They must cover their entire bodies with clothing including their face or they will be severely punished with torture In most parts of Canada and in many parts of the United States women are just as free as men are Although there are instances of oppression for example Frye writes in her article titled Oppression that it is common in the US for younger women to be in a bind were sexual activity and sexual inactivity are both unaccepted It happens in some parts of the country were girls might be called names like slut or whore for having had sexual relations with a boy But the other girls who havent had sex are often called prude or uptight In
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