“Men and Feminism: Some challenges and a partial response” By Jonathan Crowe
I chose this text as it is an example of a social change movement. It will support my essay more specifically factoring in the campaign HeForShe and it’s focus on the impact of feminism. It illuminates how masculinity shapes mens views towards feminism.
Masculinity can be seen as a barrier as to how men struggle to change their views of gender and offer support for feminism.
It’s believed that as men are not themselves women therefore the issue they don’t support feminism as much as the could has nothing to do with them nor is it within their control. Men are not capable of accepting the responsibility for their part in the feminist debate. Crowe(2011. 49) highlights that, ” perhaps most obvious challenge men face in engaging constructively with feminism is that its not about them. Feminism is about women.” Men are set in their ways and uncompromising to change this is reinforced in the text where (Crowe, 2011 51) it’s highlighted that men and their masculinity is something that can’t be broken down easily, particularly if they focus on hegemonic masculinity which means they have a gynocentric view.
The argument presented in Crowe’s (2011) academic article highlights how masculinity plays a pivotal role in how men respond to feminism. Despite the article being constructed by a feminist, the fact that it is a males perspective on a female’s issue presents a slight gender bias. The argument is presented sophisticatedly and well researched as Crowe is an creditable professor in his field. Crowe reiterates the fact that to an extent it isn’t men’s fault as they are incapable of putting themselves in a women’s position as they are too preoccupied with their preset masculine ways of life. As seen in other recently studied texts the idea of getting men involved is proving crucial to change.
” To Walk in Dignity: The Montgomery Bus Boycott” By Clayborne Carson
The text provides context of social change over time. It supports my essay as it highlights how a female can play the key role in social change.
The Montgomery bus boycott was led by Martin Luther King. Jr however the role he played was not as significant as Rosa Parks
In Carson’s (2005) text he highlights how it was not only King who played a significant role in the bus boycott other key individuals such as Rosa Parks and Nixon played as much of a significant role. As is stated by King, (Carson, 2005.15) “The darkest hour of our struggle had become the hour of victory”. King was well known mainly due to the fact that he was an emerging prominent leader of the civil rights movement. However Carson does acknowledge that this event in particular wouldn’t have gone ahead without Parks and her willingness to take a stance.The bus boycott illuminated the possibility for a nonviolent social protest.
As Carson (2005) is presenting an article on a well educated topic it makes his work much more reliable. His work has hindsight which motivates him to depict all of the positives and negatives and the after effects. The article praises both Parks and King, however in previous articles written by Carson he has been quite reluctant in that regard. (Carson, 2010. 15) King’s leadership proved overtime to be very inspiring. He had a strong sense of identity and what he wanted to achieve. King claims that even after mass threats towards his family the only way he managed to cary on was thanks to his faith and religion.
“Small Change” by Malcolm Gladwell
I chose to analyse this text as it focuses on how social media can have such a large impact on social change and activism especially in our contemporary modern day society. A key factor in spreading the HeForShe campaign.
In today’s modern contemporary society social media enables us to spread the word of a movement much faster than traditional methods of communication, but this doesn’t mean its anymore effective at achieving social change.
The article highlights to us how social media plays a key role in sharing a message. As is said in the text by Gladwell, social activism is being reinvented due to the ever changing and expanding nature of social media (Gladwell, 2010. 42). In this particular case a small group of individuals have managed to get their story spread and conveyed their stance on a matter through social media, ” the internet lets us exploit the power of these kinds of distant connection with marvelous efficiency” (Gladwell, 2010.42) Despite the fact that it enables word to spread rapidly. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s effective at achieving change highlighted when Gladwell discusses weak ties. Which essentially suggests thanks to social media messages can spread faster and further, however it doesn’t by any means make it an more effective campaign as the chances of those who are signing up wont always be as emotionally attached nor willing to put their all into the topic at hand.
The article is contextualised to fit into a contemporary society. Gladwell provides thorough knowledge on the topic which makes the reader question their actions. He highlights that social media has influenced social activism and that it has changed the way we communicate forever.
Being a magazine article as opposed to the others being journal articles it’s much less formal its structured differently and presents more of a bias. Gladwell offers strong personal opinion on social media and how he believes it’s acting as a means of social change and activism. The article reinforces how we feel that