Modern Feminism Megan King, Kaitlyn Pastino, Ellie Paxton

Feminism Definition:

"The belief that MEN and WOMEN should have equal rights and opportunities" (Webster).

Protests and Demonstrations:

An article on the fight for equality between the sexes

The Death of Feminism:

An obituary mourning the life of a movement

1981, The Passing of Feminism

Feminism, a beautiful, strong, enlightened role model, born 1960 , has no doubt made an impact in the lives of many people. She was "... the most successful movement of the 1960s and 1970s…” (Epstein, 1). By this, I mean that she made many attempts to broaden her views in the world. She created the suffrage movement, which granted women human rights that they originally did not have, and she also moved to many smaller movements like protesting beauty pageants in 1968, and went on strike for the 50th anniversary of the 19th amendment when she wanted to show how proud of what her and her followers had done, all the while demanding more. She also helped to “...broaden women's self-awareness and challenge traditional stereotypes of women as passive, dependent, or irrational.” (Klein, 2). Women began to see themselves as what they were and not what men wanted them to be. Stereotypes, put in place by men, including “women are weaker than men”, “ Women are very sensitive and too irrational to do men’s duties”, and even the saying “you play ball like a girl.” were beginning to be wiped out and the inner beauty of women throughout the world were surfacing. Although Feminism helped to create all of these things, she was sadly given up on as time went by. The hope of providing a stronger future for women became distant in the minds of everyone. Causes for this could be simply the lack of gender diversity, or even the scary idea of changing the way you live. Feminism was full of courage and bravery, and she showed us that throughout her lifetime. Sadly however we stand today in remembrance of her, and all of her accomplishments.

2000, An Unexpected, but Powerful Awakening

A miracle! The great Feminism has risen from the dead, and more powerful than ever! She has drawn women and men from all over the world in hopes of becoming a more powerful version of herself, and it seems as though she is having no difficulty. One follower of Feminism quote; “The impact of the second wave of Feminism has been broader and deeper and the obliteration of [her] is not going to happen.” (Epstein, 2). Feminism will not stand to die again, she wants to make the impact on the world that she started before, except this time, keep it permanent!. People all over the world are coming together, as if Feminism’s revival has lead to their own beliefs of miracles. “There are also now countless projects, groups, and organizations that are, in one way or another, infused by [Feminism’s] perspective." (Epstein, 3). These organizations are introducing her ideas to different cultures, age groups, and people in general. They provide a workspace of creativity for women and men to express their feelings and ideas in many different ways. At one of the rallies Feminism has created, one woman exclaimed; “I was not expecting to see so many people, and such a diverse group of people at that." ( Manville, 1). The fact that so many different people are coming together in such a short period of time proves that anything is possible, and anyone's justice may be served. It is obvious that Feminism has made her actions clear, and for anyone to stand in the way of that is a fool! I give my best regards to you, Feminism, and will help to support you and your beliefs in any way possible.

Who Played a Role in Reorganizing the Feminist Movement?

A look at the people behind the revival

An Allegory on Feminism:

People tell stories about the last time the Maunas and the Loas walked together freely upon the rich soil of Equal Opportunity, a nation undivided by its diverse peoples and overflowing with resources for every person to reap the benefits of. The Loas flourished living alongside the west coast where they could harvest the resources from the sea, and the Maunas were satisfied with living in the East, where produce derived from the land could be obtained. Both peoples depended on each other for survival so neither one was perceived as inferior or superior to the other.

But, people tell stories about the last time the Maunas and the Loas walked side by side because this picture-perfect image of civilization no longer exists. In 1760, an earthquake rattled Equal Opportunity. The West was hit the hardest, and in a final collision of plates beneath the surface of the ground, The west coast completely broke away from the rest of the country, separating the entire Loan population from the Maunas. Sadly, all that is left of E.O. for them is a small speck of land in the distance and the stories people tell as a reminder of a reality that is now reduced to a glimmer of a fantastical tale.

Despite their isolation and lack of readily available resources on their tiny island, the Loan people continue to work together in hopes of one day finding a way back to the mainland and restoring the connection and effectiveness they had once achieved by living alongside the Maunas. It wasn’t long before someone suggested building The Bridge. A project that was well thought out and supported by almost every person living on the island. The Loans poured out everything they had into the enterprise, expending every piece of driftwood they could salvage until The Bridge protruded so far out onto the ocean, that E.U. was no longer just an unreachable speck floating in the sea, but an enormous landmass filled with skyscrapers factories that had not yet existed the last time the Loans were able to set foot into the country they once called home. It was at this point in their venture that the Loans ran out of resources they could afford to devote to The Bridge. They had come so close but were still miles away from the Maunas, who had obviously learned to survive without them.

However, just when morale had reached an all-time low, a silhouette of a person could be seen standing on the edge of Equal Opportunity. The silhouette then stepped off of the mainland and began running on water, as it appeared to the Loans who were eagerly watching from the end of the incomplete Bridge. But, as the Mauna came into focus, it was soon clear that he wasn’t running on water, but on a concrete structure that protruded from E.U.! The Maunas had adopted The Bridge project as part of their own agenda, bringing the island one step closer to the mainland. The Mauna standing on the edge of his part of the incomplete Bridge was able to shout across the remaining space between them to convey the fact that while, factories and elaborate buildings were built back on Equal Opportunity, the Maunas were never able to figure out how to harvest resources from the sea quite as effectively as the Loans did when they were connected as one nation. He spoke about the struggles E.U. faced in the absence of the Loans and the accumulating efforts on the Mauna side to finish The Bridge and restore the Loans to their rightful place alongside them.

To this day the Loans and Maunas work together, to achieve the restoration of Equal Opportunity for the benefit of all people.

Paragraph explaining the allegory:

Around the time of the Industrial Revolution, the gap began to widen between women and opportunity, whether it be opportunity regarding profession, voting rights, or even the ability to have a say in how you lived your life. Since this separation took place, feminism has existed as a movement to “bridge” that gap between women and equal opportunity compared to their male counterparts. It isn’t meant to portray women as superior to men rather, “feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes," (Watson). The Bridge in the short story represents the feminist movement as a whole, attempting to bring women closer to equality, which is why the mainland the Loans were trying to reach was named Equal Opportunity, or E.U. for short. The Loans are a representation of women who participate in demonstrations and marches to do something about the inequality everyone talks about but doesn’t necessarily act on. It is this group of people that are portrayed in the media and get attention drawn to the issue they want resolved. "Demonstrators say they want to send a message that women's rights are human rights, and that they need to be protected." (“President Trump’s First Full Day in Office”). The Maunas symbolize the men who reap the privileges that society hands them but are joined together with female feminists to achieve a common goal of equality. In order to accomplish this task, both men and women must be on the same page and work together. This argument is supported by Michael Kimmel, who reminds his mostly female audience that, "'We cannot fully empower women and girls, unless we fully engage boys and men. Period. Full stop.'" (Fortney).

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Fortney, Valerie. “Calling Off the War Between Sexes; ‘Most Prominent Male Feminist’ Says Gender Equality is Good for Everyone.” Calgary Herald, Early ed., 29 Oct. 2016, City sec., p. A2. eLibrary Academic/Public Library

Huang, Wei-Hwa. “CAPSULES.” New York Times, 12 Feb. 2017. eLibrary Academic/Public Library

“President Donald Trump’s First Full Day in Office; Marches Around the Globe; Demonstrators Hope to Send Message About Women’s Rights.” Hosted by Jake Tapper, adapted by Kyung Lah et al. CNN News, 21 Jan. 2017. eLibrary Academic/Public Library

Watson, Emma. “Speech on Gender Equality.” UN Women’s ‘heforshe’ after party, 20 Sept. 2014, New York City. Speech.

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