I’m working on a sociology discussion question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Read pages 215-232 (Chapter 8). There is a helpful table on page 221 that helps to summarize the differences between the varieties of feminist theory.
Q2 – Existential Feminism
Existential feminism illustrates how women are marginalized as other in male-dominant culture. Women are associated with the opposite of men (passive as opposed to active, timid as opposed to brave, emotional as opposed to rational etc..). The cultural construction excludes them and because of this they do not see themselves as actors in the world. Instead they are limited to being objects of men’s desire. This leads to the questions of emancipation. Do women need to become like men to free themselves from the status of object?