Structural inequalities in women, gender systems and changes in patriarchy problems are practices related to feminist practice. Launius and Hassel seek to direct the reader to take the place of an oppressed woman in society (153). The statement includes acts of protest, both big and minor, with the intention of advocating for gender equity. Economic and family equity are examples of gender rights in favour of women proposed by the writer. As demonstrated by the mention of numerous organisations and organisations that work relentlessly to maintain gender justice, the authors suggest that the battle to uphold gender equality is a challenge that requires solidarity. Appraised organizations in the struggle include the National Organization for Women, 9 to 5, and MomsRising (Launius and Holly 170). Feminist praxis is a practice that deserves support from the government and the society as it is vital in enhancing gender balance through the condemnation of injustices against women.
A woman should have full control of her body and she deserves respect. The assessment provides that the female body is susceptible to both verbal and physical abuse. Such abuses include street harassment, rape, and other sexual assaults. Remarkably, the book acknowledges that that feminist praxis leads to the gradual reduction in the reported cases of violations against women. The authors explain that originally, the activists concentrated solely on addressing issues related to marital violence but gradually advanced to also focus on the ex-marital assaults against women. “Take Back the Night” is an activist movement acknowledged by the authors due to their comprehensive approach in discouraging abuse against women (Launius and Holly 174). The movement concerns mainly with creating awareness regarding gender justice in college campuses. As stated, the organization plays a critical role towards minimizing the occurrence of violence suchlike dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
An activism approach towards gender equality depends on the nature of the injustice at hand. Some approaches lead to less or minimal successes, as they only apply to specific categories. The book for instance, indicates that “activists who strive to realize justice for the women basing on the symbols, images, and language used against females rarely succeed” (Launius and Holly 171). Reshaping assumptions in relation to these factors is challenging, as they are deeply embedded in viewpoints shared by members of a society. Besides, the law does not directly and sufficiently address such issues, which impedes the use of law to enhance justice.
Feminist Practices endure a lot of resistance from individuals and bodies that perceive the effort to bring about gender parity is an issue solved over a century ago, and has no place in the contemporary world. They argue that redoing activities practiced in the past 150 years is akin to overdoing. “There is no need for further feminist activities” is a statement linked to the attitudes of such individuals against gender equality (Launius and Holly 165). The authors go ahead to brand the act of resisting the struggle against sexual expression as “backlash.” Allowing cultural backlashes to thwart the advances of movements against the abuse of women’s justice indicate an oppressive culture that prevents equality and true liberation for women.
Ultimately, the success of feminist praxis is not realized unless the societies as well as laws that exist favor it. Striving to establish gender parity in a society that considers the oppression of women a way of life thwarts the struggle. On the other hand, the law does not address certain issues relating to violations against women, which makes the offenders get away with their atrocities. As such, creating awareness in communities to gain their support for breaking stereotypes associated with women as well as advocating for the enactment of effective laws to enable proper punishment to the offenders are ideal for successful feminist praxis.
Launius, Christie, and Holly Hassel. Threshold Concepts in Women’s and Gender Studies: Ways of Seeing, Thinking, and Knowing. New York: Routledge, 2015. Print.