Critical Analysis Paper
Some people live their lives by
going through the motions day after day. Some people may slowly realize that
the world is changing when their kids have completely different thoughts and
habits than they did when they were the same age. Many people have observed how
the world has changed and how it is continually changing such as Gloria
Steinem’s article, “Our Revolution Has Just Begun.” From this article, two
myths regarding feminism are addressed that still apply to society today. Along
with these myths, Steinem included several key examples of how feminism still
has a long way to go until complete equality is reached. This article
emphasizes how dominant ideology and intersectionality are still a major part
of our society and shows how easy it is to not realize that while feminism has
made great strides over the years and continues to move forward, many women still
have less rights than men in various areas of their lives.
The notion that all men and women
deserve equal rights has come a long way since the first wave began. However, some
of the things that people may consider to be “the norm” for their society may
turn out to actually be attitudes that they let represent them (Kirk &
Okazawa-Rey, 2013). Today, we continue to have dominant ideologies about topics
such as sexuality, child care, occupations, etc. As Gloria Steinem points out,
the U.S. is a democracy, but we do not have national child care and roughly 60
percent of the U.S. is in favor of homosexuality within our society. The U.S.
is far from being completely equal as other countries have higher rates of
acceptance of homosexuality (2014). The glass ceiling is also still a major,
looming issue regarding occupations for women. The thought of climbing the
corporate ladder and being promoted should always be a positive step in any
career. However, because some people still believe that women cannot be
effective managers or leaders, their thoughts and attitudes may become the
dominant ideology and subsequently cause less women to advance in their careers.
Some men who have the same position may not be qualified for it, yet they may
only acquire the position due to intersectionality.
For most people, power and privilege
is associated with men while oppression is associated with women and the way
these factors connect with each other affect society and the people within it
without them noticing anything (Kirk & Okazawa-Rey, 2013). In the U.S.,
intersectionality is highly prevalent. For example, men with children have
better chances of getting a job and receiving a larger compensation than women
with children (Steinem 2014). The notion that men get paid more than women
should not be new to anyone, and it is an ever-challenging uphill battle for
women in the U.S. today. Steinem also pointed out how the death count of women
by boyfriends or husbands is larger than several events in our history combined
(2014). Yet, as men hold more power than women do, some people associate these
violent acts as the women disobeying the men, and they then got what they deserved.
This is also an example of the ideology that men are still superior to women in
terms of power.
Feminism in the U.S. is an ongoing
movement, and it is likely to continue for many years to come. While many
people have accepted that men and women are equals and deserve equal rights no
matter who they are and how they view themselves, some people do not share the
same opinions and ultimately end up dividing society. Dominant ideologies are
still prevalent within our society today, and how intersectionality should be
considered in greater detail to pinpoint acts of oppression that people would
not normally think about. While feminism has come a long way since the first
wave officially began, change has come slowly over the years. With many groups
of people still facing oppression, complete equality might be further away than
we had originally hoped.
Kirk, Gwyn, and Margo Okazawa-Rey. Women’s Lives:
Multicultural Perspectives. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2013.
Gloria. “Our Revolution Has just Begun.” Ms. Winter/Spring 2014: 26-31. Print.