Annotated Bibliography on feminism

Annotated bibliography

Arat, Z. F. K., (2015). Feminisms, Women’s Rights, and the UN: Would Achieving Gender Equality Empower Women? American Political Science Review, 109(4), 674-689.

The author of the article “Feminisms, Women’s right and UN” is Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat. She is a Ph.D. holder of political science and works at Binghamton University. She studies human rights but focuses more on women’s rights, development, and globalization. In this article, she argues that though feminism has become influential in the United Nations policy-making platform, liberal feminism particularly has eclipsed other feminist policy-making objectives. According to the author, feminism is being embraced in the United Nations department, especially liberal feminism. In the article, Arat affirms that achieving gender equality will tremendously empower women in attaining their objectives.

The information in the article is useful for post-colonial evaluations of backlash scholarships because it explains how policy-making platforms are affected by various academic feminist perception. Zehra Arat outlines “empowerment” indicators that are used by the UN to demonstrate how liberal feminist notions have won out in the UN. Zehra Arat asserts that the strength of liberal feminism in the United Nations significant affects the institution’s capability to serve all the women internationally.  Also, the article is important to understand the milestone that feminism has made as well as the changes within the society.

Gilman, M. E., (2014). Feminism, Democracy, and the War on Women. Law & Ineq., 32, 1.

Michele E. Gilman is the author of the article “Feminism, Democracy, and the War on Women.” She is a Ph.D. holder of law at the University Of Baltimore. She is also a director as well as a Civil Advocacy Clinic. In the article, Michele reflects on the changing relationship that exists between Democracy and feminism, together with the lesson learned during the past election periods. According to her, as democracy theory feeds feminist ideas of equality, a democracy that is in practice has been both liberating and oppressing for women in the US. The fight for equality for women in the society has received mixed reactions from the public domain.

Moreover, the war on women explains the center of women’s dignity to a working democracy. In the absence of platforms such as similar opportunities to work, equal pay, and liberty from any form of abuse, and women being refuted the rights of citizenship. Therefore, any form of conflict against women is considered a war on Democracy and that feminism and Democracy are connected. The article is important because it leads to the realization of the position of feminism in a country that is known to be democratic. For instance, a reader is able to understand all the facets of feminism in the US.

Javaid, A., (2016). Feminism, masculinity, and male rape: bringing male rape ‘out of the closet.’ Journal of Gender Studies, 25(3), 283-293.

The author of the article “Feminism, masculinity, and male rape” is Aliraza Javaid. Aliraza is a Ph.D. in sociology and social policy at Newcastle University. In this article, Aliraza argues that feminist study has played a significant role in unveiling the extent as well as the aspect of male violence on women. He asserts that the primary factors contributing to rape are the desire for domination and control. Besides, Aliraza argument is that though feminist descriptions of rape are contemplative, the male counterparts who are victims have not been involved in the study. Although feminism has allowed the victimization of women to be known, a greater understanding of the victimization of men is needed.   

In the article, Aliraza considered the contribution of other feminist writers. According to some feminist writers, the emancipation of men is a key aspect of feminism because men are equally harmed by gender role anticipation as well as sexism. It is apparent that men also go through gender-based violence just as women go through. Aliraza introduces a lone concept of male rape by both men and women. The article is important because it brings a new concept that is not being addressed. Many articles have only been released on female rape cases with men left behind to fight their own battle.

Mackay, F., (2013). Feminism: We’re not calling for equal inequality — open Democracy.

The author of the article “We are not calling for equal inequality,” is Finn Mackay. Finn Mackay is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University West of England. Finn outlines the issues linked with feminism and the failures of men to consider women as their equal. In regards to this, men have failed to perceive women to be equal to them. She states that abuse, as well as the victimization of women, is no longer the issue, the aspect that makes life as a woman challenging. Also, she discusses how the issues tend to be beneficial to only a single group of people.

According to Finn, feminism is only an issue to the people who gain the most from oppression to them that can stifle the human spirit and hold the world as a stance. However, other people who do not have anything to lose or gain is not worried about feminism. The article is important because it assists in shedding light on how women are not upset at the opportunities that are refuted; they are upset at the opportunities that are refuted as a result of sexism. Also, it leads to the understanding that sexism has been the cause of war on feminism.

Taylor, V., (2016). Rock-a-bye baby: Feminism, self-help, and postpartum depression. Routledge.

The author of the book “Rock-a-by baby” is Verta Taylor. Verta works at the department of sociology, The Ohio State University. In the book, Verta assets that even though self-help is a key strategy of the women’s movement, the booming self-help publishing industry and the increasing popularity of talk shows motivating personal confession have led to various attacks on self-held from most feminists. Verta evaluates the postpartum depression support group movement as well as explores the link between gender, notions, and programs of women’s self-help groups and feminism.

In the book, Verta uses interview, talk show transcripts, organizational letters, and a survey on leaders of the postpartum group to illustrate the fights that are displayed in the arena of women’s self-help. The book is significant for understanding the aspect of self-help as a strategy for women to address the issue of feminism. Through the book, the readers can learn about the conflict that women experience as the arena when seeking their rights.  

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