Feminisms Powerful Critiques
Feminism as a means of critiquing society is remarkable and holds great value as a social theory, it has brought along our understanding of the relationship between men and women, creating discussions, discourses, debates and greater equality. As a theory, it succeeds.
Feminism as an ideology is a hindrance to positive change, feminism is based on divisiveness and is a constituent part of a greater whole. In a world with only females then it would be redundant as a means to identify progression. Society has fundamental layers and those on a certain level up needn’t take into consideration those levels below. To focus purely on the female negates the layer above is constructed of both males and females. Therefore the hegemony above prevents it from creating a complete system by itself. If something cannot create a complete system then a system purely based upon it is also incomplete and should be used as a narrative, tool, highlighter and enacting change. These do not require an ideology.
Above there is an outline of two perspectives on feminism, these are purely subjective and used to create perspective.
When enacting social change there has to be a period of abstraction over the current state, whilst people are entwined in the politics of the day they have little foresight to see the direction society is moving in. After a goal is reached then it should be maintained and if no longer bearing fruit it should be left to age. Feminism has become that tree. From the suffragette movement and forcing the creation of a once fair and open democracy, into the seventies where the invention of the washing machine was the true turning point in women’s ability to join the workforce. As before the invention of the washing machine than doing laundry would take twenty to thirty hours a week, every household required this through the threat and incivility of being a smelly family. When cleaning takes six hours a day it is effectively a full-time job, the invention of the washing machine creating a means for mass consumption to alleviate that responsibility from one half of a clean and respectable household. Through the eighties and nineties, the glass ceiling was addressed and given a narrative whereby the limitations of females entered into discourse. This is still unresolved and requires further dialogue and means to enact further positive change.
The period of abstraction removes all elements of a situation and allows it to be rebuilt, rather than place a quota on the number of people in certain roles it’s advisable to avoid quantifiable outcomes. The fabric of society is far too complex to base it on a number of flawed methodologies. The change has to occur within the nature of how governance takes place, asserting a single centric view will only cause the other half to protect or build advantage.
The levels in society have to be taken into account when enacting change, as the level above holds hegemony. To only have half the input means that it’ll never change the facts above it. As facts are constant assertions from the hegemony of thought. Beyond discourse there is acceptance and unification, realising that to make real change all parts have to be taken into consideration.