SOC 311: Feminist Theory Reflection Paper # 12 This week's readings reflected multiple crucial points about the feminist movement's future. It provoked a question, though. Do we still need feminist movements in the future? Some of us may assume that all genders now have the same rights and opportunities, such as women and LGBTQ groups. Do these groups, anyway, realize what rights and opportunities they have in society? I'm sure not yet! Feminist efforts are still required in all societies where diverse women look for respect and strength. Multiple nations worldwide did not emerge yet with the global feminist movements to empower women and other groups. In many countries, these marginalized groups face suffrage, restriction to education, unfair pay/workplace conditions, restricted accessing to marriage/divorce rights, the reproduction process, and other challenges. Global modern feminist movements could expand in the future, but I still think there will be numerous challenges. Women in several societies live under the patriarchal system that affects their rights in positions of power, economic inequality, balancing career/motherhood roles, and fighting cultural stereotypes. Feminism in different socio-economic backgrounds has become a confusing word that reflects female hatred towards males or implies women's desire to control society. I believe that nations become more civilized when they are educated that all genders are equal, deserve respect, and access to equal opportunities. Some of us may assume that women are weak because they are vulnerable to abuse and harassment. In this case, human rights organizations/educational institutes should advocate initiatives that encourage women- and other groups- to learn how to protect themselves through -for example -gender empowerment programs, higher education opportunities, and fair workplace environment. In my opinion, gender rights and equality start from home. Most of us grew up behaving based on our gender. Women specifically have been encouraged to maintain their roles as girls and later as women based on the cultural norms. These unfair perceptions -in many societies- forced girls to stay at home, fulfill specific roles, and accept male power without negotiation. Parents can impact children's life when they allow kids to speak freely about their ideas, share care work between male/female siblings, encourage diverse role models, and eliminate body shaming comments/gender stereotypes .
Intersectional feminism is another powerful movement that could enhance diverse women's experiences and include them regardless of ethnicity, race, or color. Women- in many societies- struggle to gain their social/political rights due to overlapping processes in identities, religion, race, and class. Intersectional feminism can change multiple concepts not just in the workplace and pay gap issues, but it can go further to underrepresented women's rights in marriage, divorce, and reproductive rights. Feminism movement efforts started to evolve rapidly in the last few decades. The fight has successfully covered employment/education discrimination, abortion law, equal workplaces, and other problems. The journey is yet to continue in different directions toward other matters within reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and other crucial topics. Societies will always need feminist movement efforts to reshape social ideologies about gender roles and organize them with much understanding and solidarity. Source: Kolmar, W. K., & Bartkowski, F. (2005). Feminist theory: A reader. McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages.