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1What is Feminism---to us Addressing contemporary feminism in this womans studies course may become a challenge In class I noticed two things right out of the gate that give me reason to worry about this First many of the students dont seem to clearly know what feminism is Secondly the people that represent feminism to most of my peers are either entertainers or other well-known successful women who may or may not stand for feminism If the students in this class were asked Whos a good role model for girls I bet 90 of us would give you the same lists given when asked who do you think represents feminism Before I elaborate on my statements let me define feminism in my own textbook words Feminism The political drive to achieve women the same social political and economic opportunities men have Unfortunately from what I heard in class I get the idea that many of my classmates feel that feminism means the glorification of women or more distressingly the traditional female role I say traditional role because Im bracing for the shrapnel to fly when pornography which is considered by some to be a celebration of female sexuality will be examined If I remember right one of the students described feminism ver batum as the celebration of femininity By all accounts this is plainlywrong Feminism at its best is the expanding of the female role not the glorification of narrow social roles Feminism wants to create women leaders women who feel that its perfectly normal not to be what most Americans consider feminine Of course feminism teaches that femininity in itself shouldnt be looked down upon that living as a housewife shouldnt reduce a womans social status or her access to civil rights Some of the movements greatest victories have involved improving the lives of everyday traditional women such as overturning many laws that condoned spousal abuse But the fact of the matter
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