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Newly Spheres of Conflict Between Men and Women

Author(s): Ivan Šijaković
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу

Summary/Abstract: Although significant progress has been made in the emancipation of women, especially after the Second World War, many areas have remained in the contemporary world where the woman is in subordinate, oppressed and even completely inhumane position. Many traditional and patriarchal societies and groups continue to realize the eternal desire to make the woman imprisoned within the private sphere, bound to home and children, expected to "serve" her husband and family, to sacrifice herself, to be unnoticeable, far away from the public sphere of the society and free civil life. There are numerous forms and ways by which the woman is pushed to the margins of the society under contemporary conditions. It starts with the birth itself (parents' desire to get a son), continues throughout childhood through education and preparation for "female" jobs, choosing "female" schools. Marriage often becomes a means of degradation for women (rather than their affirmation and confirmation), the woman often being the prisoner of her family and family relations, and sometimes even suffering direct abuse. The repression of women continues in the economic sphere (it is more difficult for women to find employment, they are less paid than men for performing the same jobs, they are subject to abuse at workplace), and the political and cultural spheres as well. War, crime, corruption and trafficking with women represent complete degradation of the woman. There are also different forms of self-repression, such as asceticism, lesbianism, withdrawal into solitude, being slave to beauty, slimness, fashion trends, etc. The questions posed are who can help the modern woman to improve her position in the society, how and when. If the conditions of general progress in civilization and the activities of individuals are presumed, then a faster and more significant improvement of the woman's position is possible through continuous activities of neofeminist movements and civil initiatives in which women will keep on pointing out to their position and the ways to improve it.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 323-336
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Serbian