What Went Wrong?

Rita M. Gross

in A Garland of Feminist Reflections

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520255852
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943667 | DOI:
What Went Wrong?

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This chapter focuses on feminism and states that, after thirty years of feminism, culture is much speedier, much more materialistic, competitive, and aggressive. More people work longer hours in more isolating and alienating conditions, and friendship has become a major casualty of our lifestyle; no one has time for it. It describes how feminism is gender neutral and pertains to men as much as it does to women, but that vision has not been pursued in the same way by men as it has by women. Feminism has thoroughly critiqued the traditional female gender role. The problems with the traditional female gender role are not the tasks assigned, which must be done, or the psychological traits associated with it, which are emotionally healthy, but the rigid way in which these tasks and traits were assigned to women alone, at the same time as women were confined only to those tasks and traits.

Keywords: feminism; culture; gender role; psychological traits

Chapter.  5734 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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