The Other and the Other – How Women Are Defined in Relation to Men

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A man has compelled a woman to assume the role of an Other. Men propose to doom a woman to immanence by stabilising her as an object. The woman’s transcendence must be overshadowed by an additional ego. The drama of womanhood is the conflict between the fundamental aspirations of every subject and the compulsions of a given situation. A woman must choose how to fulfill her own transcendence.

Women are a singular, separate individual

According to the feminist theory of feminism, women are separate and singular individuals. In order to define women, one must consider how they are defined in relation to the man. Historically, women have been seen as mere bodies and passive mirrors. However, this view is increasingly problematic, as the concept of a female “other” is not supported by all religious beliefs. For example, the Greek myth of Pandora presents women as transgressors who must submit to the male’s viewpoint.

They are dependent on men

Whether you believe in the existence of the male sex monopoly or not, women are pre-programmed to be dependent on their men. Even if women earn more money and have all the trappings of success, they still fear the notion of being alone. In order to survive, they will do just about anything to stay with their significant other, including cheating on her. However, it is not just women who are dependent on men. Men are just as much at risk.

They are the Other

Luce Irigaray complicates Simone de Beauvoir’s claim that “women are the other.” According to de Beauvoir, women are the incidental, non-essential other of men. They live only in relation to men and do not have a free human existence or subjectivity of their own. Luce Irigaray argues that de Beauvoir’s notion of women as the other is a stale and trite view of gender.

They are the subject of sexism

Research has shown that women are the subject of sexism in a variety of situations, from jokes to sexist language. While benevolent sexism has no harmful effects, hostile sexism hurts women’s performance evaluations and recommendations for promotions. While sexist language and jokes do not directly endorse gender roles, they do promote sexist attitudes.

They are the object of sexism

Sexism is a general term for a variety of prejudices and discriminations directed against women. It is especially harmful to women. It is an old concept that emerged from the second wave feminism movement in the 1960s and was likely modeled on the civil rights movement’s term, racism. Sexism limits what men and boys are and can do. Whether the bias is conscious or unconscious, it negatively affects women.