Monday, April 30, 2012

Feminist Movements and impact on Family

Feminism is a term includes movements and ideologies which have  an impact on the emancipation and liberation of women.It also includes establishment of equal rights for women and opposes all form of male domination.Great diversity in feminist movments and positions is recognized .Feminism has never  been a united or homogenous movement ever since its origin in the late 18th century.The feminist movements are  working towards twin goals of struggle for equal rights for women on par with men under the law and the second for equal opportunities in the fields of education and occupation.Laws in world wide continue to discriminate against women in different ways  and in variety of contexts.The feminists are also fighting for  women's rights to have control over their own body and reproductive functions.

The radical feminists believe that all the institutions  which are of patriarchal origin need to be thrown out.Others argue that there should be redistribution of rights and obligations between males and females in the family structure.Feminists are against male dominated male imposed attitudes and roles in the domains of sexuality,reproduction and child bearing .

It is true that women have to spend considerable time in looking after the home,family and apart from working outside for earning.The unpaid work at home,necessary for the wellbeing of the family has to be shared by the husband also.Feminists believe that this unpaid work should get due recognition and housewives should be valued and respected by the menfolk.The element of choice should be according to the women's will.Feminists raise voice against patriarchy and male domination and are not against family system.They believe that a just,social and economic order should prevail at home and this can be possible if all forms of inequalities are removed.

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