Liberal Feminism-A Critique


Women have come a long way in fighting for their rights of equalityin the society. Great milestone shave been achieved in the currentcentury and the women efforts have been rewarded with rights ofproperty ownership, civil rights and right to education amongothers(Smith,2010). It is worthwhile noting that, however, thejourney have not been easy, especially fighting to claim a positionin patriarchal societies. Scholars have developed various theories asliberal feminism to explain the approach of women for gender fairnessand equity in the society.

Under liberal feminism, there is a strong emphasis power and abilityof a person to change the entire practices that discriminate againstwomen. In the past, for instance, supporters of liberal feminismutilized their democratic rights and demonstrated to elevate thecondition of women in the US (McLaren,2002). Liberal feminism is different form radicalfeminism, which views patriarchy as power figure that organizessociety into sophisticated interactions, which are grounded on theassumption the supremacy of men suppresses the female gender.

Although individuals can influence their position in the societythrough dedicated effort, it is not possible to live free of socialinfluence. At some point, one will bow to the social forces, whichtend to favor the male gender (Marilley,1996). Liberal feminism tend not to consider that,unless the entire society is willing to embrace change and reconsiderthe position of a woman following collective action from both men andwomen, individual powers cannot do much to change the socialconstructs. Such major changes in the society as advocating for thecivil rights of women to vote among other things are only possiblewhen done in a groups, which enjoy the high bargaining power.


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Smith, E.(2010).&nbspSociologyof sport and social theory.Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.