How would you define it? In a recent interview with Time magazine, the actress Shailene Woodley was asked if she considered herself a feminist. Woodley, Woodley has a reputation for being outspoken about environmental causes and has aired her support in numerous interviews. But the online backlash to her comment about feminism came quickly.
Diana Tietjens Meyers
Essay on Feminism and the Importance of Identity Politics - Words
Bell Hooks succinctly sums up what it means to be a feminist, and yet when we look to the feminist movement and feminist theorizing today, we see a disturbingly different picture. Whose voices are heard? What issues are prioritized? When we ask how and why issues of identity and intersectionality are relevant to feminist theorizing, the answer is simple. Disclaimer: This work has been submitted by a student.
Feminism has not changed today, but its focus has changed. Many women today have good education and employment opportunities just like men, as the early claimed feminist would have fought for them. Now, after getting all these equal opportunities, men are now discriminating them and at times abusing them in order to undermine their hard work. Today, the feminist movement has grown and is still growing as women around the globe have joined hands in the fight against inequality.
Cultural feminism is a variety of feminism which emphasizes essential differences between men and women, based on biological differences in reproductive capacity. Cultural feminism attributes to those differences distinctive and superior virtues in women. What women share, in this perspective, provides a basis for "sisterhood," or unity, solidarity and shared identity. Thus, cultural feminism also encourages building a shared women's culture. Cultural feminists differ as to whether these differences are based on biology or enculturation.