Why do some feminists view women as oppressed? Does their perspective accurately depict the situation of women in contemporary Canada?


The course uses the text: Eric Mintz, David Close and Osvaldo Croci, Politics, Power and the Common Good: An Introduction to Political Science, 3rd ed. Toronto, Ontario: Pearson Education, 2011. You are expected to have read the relevant chapters of the textbook before answering the questions listed for each assignment. Wider reading, both online and in the CBU library, is entirely to be encouraged and you can approach Jan Hancock for direction on how and where to research if you need assistance in locating suitable sources.


2- The question should be answered in essay format complete with an introduction, conclusion, bibliography (to collate all resources that you researched for your assignment) and footnotes.

3- The assignment must be submitted in the correct order so as to follow the logical flow of the textbook.


The basic assumption that led to the origin of the feminist movement is that women suffer certain injustices on account of their sex. Feminism argues that historically, women have experienced male oppression. Feminist claim that the playing ground in all aspects of life (political, social and economical) is always tilted in favor of men.  The whole lot of claims that women have put forward to justify that they are oppressed can be grouped into five major concepts: Patriarchy, Discrimination, Gender stereotypes, economic dependency, and emotional work.

According to feminist, the world is patriarchy society. Men dominate the society and oppress women for their gain.  The support of this view, women claim that while men engage in gainful work, women are assigned house chores with no pay. One of the founder critical voices in feminism movement, Betty Friedman, capture this feeling so well when she claimed that middle class women were imprisoned by their ‘domestic responsibilities as homemakers and mothers’. Friedman solution was that ‘women had to leave the household and join the work force, where a new identity could be found’ (Landolt, 2001:2). Friedman argued that the women had to break way from the confines of home and family and venture into the public realm. These would relieve her from the bondage of the family, i.e. children and husband.