Most of us disagree with extreme versions of radical feminism. Yet most would still agree that many feminist ideas are good things. Nowadays the idea of women empowerment is almost engrained in our minds. In taking this class, we are looking for any evidence of sexism or objectification of females on every page. Any action, word, or pose that could be interpreted as perpetuating the traditional standards in frowned on. Everything must be challenging norms or breaking women out of their sphere's. If not, the depiction can border on sexist, a concept our society is much against.
Last year in my school in my rural Iowa town, there was a little bit of drama within my grade with two of my friends. One girl, let’s call her E in gossip girl style, is from a very conservative Christian background and is brilliant. One of my other friends, let’s call her A, was really annoyed at E because as a brilliant girl, her major goal in life is to be a stay-at-home mom. A, along with some other people, got mad because they considered it too stereotypical for a woman to aspire to be a mom. They could be doing something better with themselves, or society pressure is the only reason she could choose that path. No woman in their right mind could truly want to limit themselves to just a mom. E is going to college, but admittedly in part for a MRS degree. For those who have not heard this term before it is going to college to meet their future husband, and meeting them is easiest by being in college yourself. She plans to have a psychologist career only until she has kids, and then she’s done.
The idea of needing to break societal norms is stressed in this Third Wave of Feminism. Why is any woman not actively breaking standards questioned? Even a woman who wants/plans on taking her husband’s last name (no hyphen) is almost looked down upon. In at least some of the many types of feminism, there is emphasis on the decision making power of a woman. If E only wants to be a mom, why are other people so against that? Is E not empowering her own gender, or should she still be supported in following historical gender norms?