Women’s Perceptions and the Feminist Theory
This paper examines how society’s perceptions of women affect feminist theory: The author discusses the feminist belief that there is a social division between men and women, in terms of representation and that this division is caused by the perception of an inherent difference between the sexes. This paper discusses this point of view from the works of: Audry Lourde’s essay, The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House, Donna Haraway’s essay, `A Cyborg Manifesto`, and Henry Hwang’s adaptation of the classic M. Butterfly.
How society perceives women is the root of feminism. There is a social division between men and women, and this division is caused by the perception of an inherent difference between the sexes. As feminists do not believe that a perception of difference should act as a classification for men and women, it is the representation and presentation of this sense of difference that is the target of feminist actions.