Feminist Movements Essay

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Feminist movements do not only happen in the United States. They happen all over the world. According to the article “Kurdish men in drag promote feminism in the region” by CNN writer Daisy Carrington, there is a movement in the Iranian region. There are more and more people stepping up to show how important it is in almost every nation. This article is related in many ways to the Women and Gender Studies class. This article speaks how men are needed in feminist movements, liberal feminism, and oppression of women.
Daisy Carrington wrote about the Kurdish feminist movement happening in the Iranian region. This movement was started after the Iranian court punished a man by making him wear a women’s dress in public. The two men who started the movement are Masoud Fathi and Dler Kamanger. Dler Kamanger posted a picture of Masoud Fathi wearing a dress on Facebook. The picture was posted with the caption “Being a woman is not a tool to humiliate or punish anyone,” (Carrington, 2013). In other countries around Iran, such as Turkey, Kurds and women have a greater say in the government and they have more civil rights (Carrington, 2013). The movement is feminist and political. In the Iran region, Kurds are also known to oppress women. Fathi (2013) stated in the article “Women are part of our personality, our character. If we oppress one part of our character, we oppress ourselves.” With the movement growing on Facebook, there are a number of pictures of men dressed in women’s clothing to raise awareness about women (Carrington, 2013).
Both men and women are demonstrating in the Iranian region as to how important this movement is to them. With so many people in the movement, their goals for what they want to happen are different. Some women and men are fighting for the nationalists and want all of their rights back and for men and women to be equal (Carrington, 2013). Other women and men are only fighting for more women’s rights and want women to be closer to men (Carrington, 2013). One of the campaigners for the movement, Pedram Penhan, stated that he was happy to put on a dress but would consider himself more of an activist than a feminist (Carrington, 2013). Many of the activists want to make the world not only better where they live but also for everybody else around the world (Carrington, 2013). Since the start of this movement, men and women both feel oppressed by the government.
The first way this article is related is men are leading and taking part in the feminist movements. There have been many men who have helped feminist movements and who consider themselves feminists, such as Michael Kimmel (Kirk & Okazawa-Rey, 2009). Masoud Fathi and Dler Kamanger can now be put into that category also. One way for feminist movements to succeed is to have men help and support the movement (Kirk & Okazawa-Rey, 2009). The more people that are involved, the more people will listen. Also, with men involved, they can add a different point of view or...

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