Academic Writing, Essay, Feminism, Sociology
Compare any two feminist theories
The two theories I have chosen are Radical Feminism and Socialist Feminism
The aim of this essay is to compare two feminist theories, I will describe both of them first then go into more detail later, and at the end make my comparisons and criticisms. I shall draw heavily in my conclusion of this essay on the work of Gail Chester (1979) , this will become clearer later on. The two theories I have chosen are Radical Feminism and Socialist Feminism. The main authors of Radical Feminist theory come from such countries as Australia, Britain, America, and France; this area of feminism makes the fact that the oppression of women is the first and primary oppression its main, basic argument. It is a theory that is centred around women and is an interdependent one. It is created from the experiences the women it focuses on have managed to survive through. It, therefore, makes the personal into a political matter, while making it clear that men are the oppressors of women because of patriarchy (which is a system of structures, institutions, and ideology that has been created by men so that they can have more power over women) .
Radical Feminism maintains that women’s oppression is worldwide and that it passes through both race and culture, more importantly, this leads to the ‘sisterhood’ becoming an empowering idea and concept.
At the same time, it also acknowledges, realises, and incorporates the differences that exist between women within the definitions of the kinds of women’s oppression there is. Another issue for this theory of feminism is the attention it gives to the power men have in key areas over women, it places considerable emphasis on the need for women to have complete control over their bodies so that they can gain total freedom. This means that the Women’s Health Movement pursues more results connected to the problem of violence against women, it is also a contributing factor with regards to the examination of sexuality as a convention .
The whole traditional idea of the ‘family’…