Feminism refers to all those activities aimed at empowering women in terms of their political, social, economic rights as well as giving them equal opportunities as men. Individuals who believe in feminism ideologies are often referred to feminists and they can either be men or women (Frye 48). Feminists’ primary concern is the challenges faced by women in their daily lives, but other feminists have come strongly to suggest that gender equality affects both men and women who are still in bondage of their roles in the traditional culture and as result of that, problems faced by men are also be catered for.
Feminist theory gives us an insight to understand better our ‘masculinity’ or ‘femininity’. This is the explanation of issues arising from gender disparity and the need to uphold women’s rights (Frye 55). Feminist theory also seek answers to questions frequently asked concerning domestic violence, sexual harassment, need for equal pay for both men and women in workplaces and the need for equal career opportunities for both sexes.
Feminism borrows a lot from Sociology as a discipline. This result in many feminist perspectives being developed to respond to the diverse social problems. The three main feminist perspectives in Sociology includes: Marxist Feminism, Liberal Feminism and Radical Feminism. Marxist Feminists believe that men and women are unequal in the society due to capitalism; and that women’s should be housewives (Frye 60). They advocate for the introduction of a communist society where men and women are equal. Radical Feminists believe that both men and women are unequal in the society and that women are being exploited by men due to patriarchal system. In solving this problem, they have suggested separatism- men and women should live apart. Liberal Feminists on the other hand believe that men and women have...