How does the allegory of the prisoners in the cave watching shadows on a wall relate to us today? What shadows do we see, and how do they distort our sense of what is real? Are we prisoners in the same sense that Plato’s characters are?
define women would take a great deal of pressure off those women who still feel compelled to explain or define themselves to men. Contemporary feminism still in many forms attempts to discredit by validating misogynistic idioms, such as the classic housewife expressions (get back in the kitchen, etc.), instead of deconstructing the notion that women belong in the home, we see feminism attempt to explain the value of the unpaid work of a housewife. Not that it’s wrong to point out that the value of unpaid work done in a home by a woman is a huge dollar amount, it’s just an example of how feminism is still in a position where the need to defend itself. The preoccupation with the seemingly endless need to define women and their roles leads to feminists indulging in erroneous generalizations about their fellow women, such as judging fellow women who are content with being a stay at home mother, not that they don’t have the option or desire to be out of the home, but that they actually prefer to be at homemaker and that’s their choice to do so. The nature of feminism and self identity is complex and nearly paradoxical in nature. Paradoxical in a sense that feminists who choose to stay at home and take care of the day-to-day of the home, feel the need to explain that while they are choosing to stay at home, that they are aware they can do whatever they want and are in fact, not taking their rights for granted. One such defender, Chitra Ramaswamy felt compelled to explain her reasoning in an article for The Guardian, My take used to be the one espoused by Ann Oakley, the British feminist and author of 70s text Housewife: “Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualisation.” And yet here I am, a feminist homechief in her mid-30s. To further complicate matters, I’m married not to a husband but civilly partnered to a woman who brings home the bacon and does the dishes after I’ve cooked every night. (Ramaswamy) In other words, Ramaswamy and other like-minded women, have in their mind what it means to be a feminist, life partner, and parent in contemporary society. It’s apparent Ramaswamy believed prior to making the transition to “homechief” that a feminist would or should not desire to be a “homechief” or a woman who should desire a career of their choice. Ramaswamy in the article goes on to say, “To decide to be a housewife does feel like you’re doing your grubby bit to uphold the gender roles upon which the patriarchy is founded.” (Ramaswamy). However, it is a valid argument to say that having the ability to choose to be a “homechief” or having the choice to work in the private or public sectors, is one of the ultimate goals of feminism around the world. Articles like the o>GET ANSWER