Browsing Senior Honors Theses by Subject "Feminism"
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Feminism: Failed or Functioning? A Study of Women’s Views on the MovementFrom The Women’s March in January 2017 to the current Me Too movement, women’s rights have appeared to come to the forefront of America. Discussion of abortion rights have reemerged, gender norms are questioned more and more, and sexual assault is becoming a visible, important topic. To some, this is seen as a revolution that has been necessary for decades. However, others may not see it this way for a variety of reasons. Feminism tends to be a very taboo word that carries baggage of all sorts. What may cause some women to label themselves as feminists, and what may cause others to turn away from it? Which elements of the feminist movement may be at play in this? Do women today perceive themselves as possessing a marginalized status, and do any small benefits that come along with being a woman connect to women’s perception of having a marginalized status? Through interviewing twelve women at a public college in upstate New York, this study finds that many women do see the need for the movement and believe that women are still marginalized. However, they also largely believe that feminism continues to not include all identities, still privileging white, straight, middle-class women over other identities. Advantages of being a woman did not tend to play a role in a woman’s support of the feminist movement.
Historical Influences on Modern America and the Pink TaxThis thesis discusses sexism in America through the lens of the pink tax. It examines the history of menstruation in America and the economic effects of patriarchy on female consumerism across different socioeconomic groups. Finally, it suggests some options for goals moving forward.
Oscillating Boundaries Between Binaries: Narrative Tools for Understanding Judges 4 & 19This paper will show that dichotomies in Judges are used as narrative tools to express anxiety about the ever-changing world of Ancient Israel. In the Deborah narrative of Judges 4, the binaries of masculine/feminine and male/female criss-cross, and in the concubine's narrative, the binaries of out/in and public/domestic become confused as the narrative—along with the events themselves—crumble out of control and lead to civil war, rape, and pandemonium on a grand scale. The narrators of Judges oscillate between these binaries in order to convey the sense of moral upheaval and social confusion wrought from the changing political landscape of Ancient Israel. A deeper understanding of the text is gained from this reading, such that the commonly-made presumption that these tales are simply reflections of a misogynist society is replaced with a proto-feminist reading; rather, these stories display the danger of a world where too much unchecked power is left in the wrong hands. The finite message of these stories is this: a civilized society needs a centralized government, or the types of heinous acts described in the book of Judges will never end.