What is the Definition of Feminism?


             Without fear of contradiction one can successfully collate the feminist philosophy, both as a progressively forward-looking movement, and an evolving, multitude of openly pro-feminine theories. Indeed 'core feminist theory' dictates, that feminism should persist in the sole pursuit of "equality, amongst men and women, on political, economic, and social grounds". This essay hopes to carefully outline the historical backdrop for the conception of feminist ideology. This essay shall subsequently endeavour to determine the likelihood of prevailing homogeneous issues, amongst a variety of feminist oriented viewpoints. Consequently the aim of this study shall be to accurately highlight possible consistencies and conforming arguments, within the aggregate feminist schools of thought.

             Contrary to popular belief the historically ongoing and widespread restrictive practise against women, is not a purely modern concept. This rather inept and presently unacceptable form of severe discriminatory behaviour has its roots, as with many notable political issues, in Ancient times. In the Athenian Polis, for example, women were entirely and deliberately excluded from public life, confined instead to the traditional Greek Oilcos or household. The female role in the city-state was effectively predetermined to be that of irrelevance and thus, women attracted little in the way of recognition for matters not concerning the family. Textual literature of the time would further indicate an orchestrated attempt to legitimatise such activity, presenting the exclusion of women, as both rightful and necessary. The Greek philosopher Aristotle, for example, has also been attributed to the gradual and prolonged historical subjection of women. Through his testimonies of the "weak and!.

             inert matter of the female gender", he related women to negative and unreliable 'dualisms', emphasising the need for form (man) to transcend matter (woman).

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