how has feminism influenced or shaped our current understanding of what it means to be human
It would be quite presumptuous to attribute the propagation of prevalent doctrines to feminism or any other movement. It may have played a part in it just as much as its opposition, or technology, or culture.
I believe it's far less well defined than before. The biological foundation persists, without significant contention from animalia or automata heretofore; However, as far as societal roles go, the entire consensus was severed in twain. The old concepts of normality - education, career, family, friends, behaviour - firmly rooted within some minds, eschewing change; and a very particular, aggressive idealism striving towards open pluralism, expelling all elements posing a threat to it.
”Russian women have been in the work force a generation longer than have women in Western lands. They still find caring for a job and a family to be a burden. A Russian editor of Working Woman says: “Women are the heart of the family and must be warmer to create the atmosphere of warmth and love.” So they face a double load, while many husbands fail to share domestic duties.
That women’s changed role has been a mixed blessing is clear from the common effect when wives outdistance their husbands in earning power or professional status. According to therapists, this trend is “becoming a significant and recognized crisis point in more and more marriages
Another factor indicating that the progress made by women is a mixed blessing is the emphasis that many feminists put on what is primarily to their advantage. The Coming Matriarchy points to the time when the world will be run by women who are self-centered and who ask, “What’s in it for me?”
Can a job or a career give most women complete satisfaction in life? Apparently not, as more and more are finding out. Hilary Cosell, author of Woman on a Seesaw: The Ups and Downs of Making It, addressed this problem in an article, asking: “If women had erred before on the side of marriage and motherhood and housewifery, might they be erring again on the side of professionalism, career and success?” She also asks: “Can we really do everything our mothers did, and everything our fathers did as well?”
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