Feminist in a feminist approach
Feminism gained widespread usage in the 1890s in the western world. It identified to women who
supported public role for women. Historically women’s role has been defined to be in the homes. They
supported women’s right to be autonomous and independent being. One of the great struggles for
women taking up space in the public domain in the western world was the suffrage. Suffrage movement
was when they gained the right to vote. Feminists in the early years were noted as women who were
trying to gain space in the public domain (the right to vote). The definition of feminism has changed
since the 60s. It has brought sexual, economic, public, etc. What did feminism stand for? What were
women actually fighting against? They were fighting oppression and trying to gain inequality. It got
translated through the media as against men. They were fighting the assumption that it was women’s
natural role to be in the homes, and that home was the proper place. Women were considered nurturer
by nature. Feminism is all about challenging the values and assumptions. Women face some sort of
barrier just because they are women.
What is Feminism:
1. Ethics or methodology, a complex way of thinking about the condition of women’s lives.
2. Politics directed at changing power relations particularly affecting men and women in the
3. Bell hooks – social economic and political commitment to eradicating and race, class and sexual
domination. It’s about reorganizing society in a way that individuals needs and social needs take
precedent over economic and imperial.
Open ended interview – allowing someone to open up and discuss. It allows the person being