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  • Patriarchy and the subordination of women from a radical feminist point of view
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  • In this essay I cover matters concerning patriarchy and its undeniable connection to the subordination of women. My reasoning is from a radical feminist point of view since I
    blame the patriarchy and its detrimental effects, for women’s position in the world today.
    Firstly I briefly examine women’s traditional subordination from the beginning and to this
    day. Likewise I survey the birth of feminism and examine in what ways it has been helpful
    in women’s battle for equal rights. Secondly, I look at a suppression many people seem to
    be unwilling to see. This is a suppression connected to the sexualization of the public
    arena. In this chapter I define what pornography is and why it has the effect of belittling
    women. Furthermore I examine pornography and the internet and finally I reveal the
    connection between pornography and rapes. In the third chapter I review the exhibition, use
    and sale of women’s bodies. I examine the sexualization of young girls in the mass media
    and establish how the society’s sick ideology has had the effect of turning very young girls
    into sex-objects in advertisements, on the internet, etc. Moreover I examine concepts like
    ‘the male gaze’ in the advertisement business and how it is an exemplar of men’s control
    over women and also reveals their supremacy. In the end I address important issues
    concerning women’s biggest suppression of all in my opinion. This suppression is
    connected to prostitution and the trafficking in women and children. I look at the
    development of these issues, firstly in Iceland and then in the Nordic countries, and
    examine how these issues are handled.

  • 9.6.2009

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