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Many people within today’s modern society do not get the true meaning of being a feminist. All they see is the extreme feminists of our time. Without the true feminists before us we would be nowhere near where we are today in society. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary feminism is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” (Feminism). Feminism has impacted the modern world of art and literature by changing the way society has looked at the roles of women, and by changing the roles of women within society. In order to understand what feminism is you first have to look at the sole purpose for it: Feminism at its core is about equality of men and women, not “sameness.” So many people offer up the argument that women are not the “same” as men so there can’t be equality. In other words, because their bodies are different (many say “weaker” and smaller), and because men and women have different physical capabilities, these physical differences mean equality is not possible. It’s critical to understand that “same” does not mean “equal.” The issue here is about equal rights and equal access to opportunities.  Men and women don’t have to be the “same” in physicality to have the right to equality.(Caprino) The sole purpose for feminism is for men and women to have the same opportunities within our society, without one having more or less opportunities available to them just because of their physical, mental, or emotional wellbeing. In every religion, political group, etc. you always have the “extreme” or “radical” section, thus also being true within the feministic theory. The reason this portion of feminism gets the “radical” tag is because they: “believe sexism is so deeply rooted in society that the only cure is to eliminate the concept of gender completely”. An example of this would be where:Radical feminists suggest changes, such as finding technology that will allow babies to be grown outside of a woman’s body, to promote more equality between men and women. This will allow women to avoid missing work for maternity leave, which radical feminists argue is one reason women aren’t promoted as quickly as men. In fact, radical feminists would argue that the entire traditional family system is sexist. Men are expected to work outside the home while women are expected to care for children and clean the house. Radical feminists note that this traditional contrast maintains men as economically in power over women, and therefore, the traditional family structure should be rejected.(Goodfriend)Although when many people of today’s society think of feminism all they picture is the “radical” or “feminazi”. When in reality there is more than one kind or flavour of feminism. The most accepted flavour of a feminist if you will would be a “true” feminist. A “true” feminist does not look down upon men but rather respects men with the notion that men return the respect in the same way. A “true” feminist does not automatically have to be masculine or unpleasant. But rather accepts their body for what it is and does, and embraces it. They accept that they are different than men in the physical aspect, but the same when it comes to salary, voting, and many more. In today’s society we are constantly subject to literature of all different kinds. Today there is more ways than one to get your book or literary piece out there for the world to read. Not only do you have publishing companies but you also have apps you can post your work on, you can produce a website and post your work as you please, or post your work on the various forms of social media. And that’s just a handful of examples of how to get your work out to the masses of people around the world. For hundreds of years feminist writers have been publishing their works, whether it be under a pin name such as Emily Bronte who wrote a classic “Wuthering Heights” under the pen name of Ellis Bell or under their real name. Many a times when women write under a male pen name it is for the main purpose of printing your work and appealing to a wider variety of audiences. Even in the earlier times of history people more specifically women wrote under pen names in order to not be criticised for not being male. Many times society more specifically men would not pay attention to works written by females, or it would be extremely difficult for women to get their work published just for the sole fact that they were female. Simply put feminists from before us basically paved the way for us women to have the rights and liberties that we have today. “Though there have been professional women writers for centuries, women’s writing tended towards specific genres – travel, health, fiction and histories – and this work received comparatively little attention from both men and women”(Barber). This is an effect of what women were expected to do and take part in. Feminism has affected modern literature by breaking through traditional ways of thinking and helps us understand how the status of males and females and their roles in society has changed throughout history. When most people imagine artists, they picture a person who is gifted and also might have the typical artists palette, a beret, and they even might have paint scattered around their body. But that could not be further from the truth. Many artists are people just like you and me with a little bit of paint, a brush and an extraordinary talent. Before feminism came along the bulk of women artists went virtually unnoticed. Feminist artists really did not start producing art until the late 1960s. Although there was a long history of feminism that came beforehand. The first real movement of feminism was in the mid-nineteenth century when the women’s suffrage movements it did not end until women received the right to vote in 1920. During this period no feminist art was composed, but it laid the foundation for feminists in the future to express their opinions and rights through their artwork. Beginning in the late 1960s feminist artists began to tie their artwork with the fight for gender equality. Along the way women artists had started to become concerned about equal presentation in the art establishments. So in response the feminists created a number of women’s art organizations. For example, the Women’s Caucus for Art which is a non-profit that supports women artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals. By the time 1980 rolled around the feminists had shaped society but not to the point of total reform. The continued turmoil surrounding women led to the creation of the Guerrilla Girls. As stated on their website their objectives are as follows “we wear gorilla masks in public and use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias as well as corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. Our anonymity keeps the focus on the issues, and away from who we might be: we could be anyone and we are everywhere. We believe in an intersectional feminism that fights discrimination and supports human rights for all people and all genders.” (GUERRILLA GIRLS REINVENTING THE ‘F’ WORD: FEMINISM) The Guerrilla Girls paved a whole new way for the feminists without making a big and loud uproar all the while adding humor to the problem at hand.”The art world followed the assumption that the male was the universal and the female was the particular”(The Influence of Feminism in Art). Many times it was assumed that when men spoke he spoke for the world. Whereas when women spoke all she spoke of was personal things. So as a result many women were not taken seriously in the art world, which was a serious problem. “Feminist artists sought to create a dialogue between the viewer and the artwork through the inclusion of women’s perspective. Art was not merely an object for aesthetic admiration, but could also incite the viewer to question the social and political landscape, and through this questioning, possibly affect the world and bring change toward equality.”(Feminist Art Movement, Artists and Major Works). Feminism changed the way people looked at art, how they interpreted it, and what art could do. Simply put feminism enlarged the borders of art, by changing what art could have in it and where art could go. Art would not be where it is today without the fearlessness of feminists past. “Because of the progress made by previous generations of Feminist artists, many contemporary female artists no longer necessarily feel the responsibility to identify as “women artists” or to explicitly address the “women’s perspective.” Building on the precedent of the 1980s, many women artists began to produce work that focused on their individual concerns and less on a general feminist message.”(Feminist Art Movement, Artists and Major Works). Feminism has been around for a very long time, art and literature even longer. Many feminists would not have made the difference in society without them. Art and literature allow people to express what they may think and feel without having to disclose who they are. Which also gives people, especially women, the chance to speak out without having to face the backlash that comes with the time period and subject of which they are speaking or illustrating about. Without the help of art, literature and feminism women would not have made the progress that they have so far. For example, in the United States House of Representatives, there are eighty-three women that hold seats out of the 435 total seats. In the international spectrum Chile, Nepal, Malta, Mauritius, Croatia, Lithuania, the Marshall Islands, Taiwan, and Liberia all have women as presidents. Feminism has impacted the modern world of art and literature by changing the way society has looked at the roles of women, and by changing the roles of women within society. Works Cited”Feminism.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminism. 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