Sophie’s World is beginning to take a more social stand on philosophy when discussing Hegel. through the book, the constant theme that continues to be discussed is reality and society as how we perceive it. The individual in only mentioned when speaking about how they fall into the collective idea of society. When Hegel is brought up, the idea of gender is quickly mentioned and analyzed. During one of the first days of class this trimester, the idea of gender roles were brought up in a discussion and broken down by how others in society see them. I became rather infatuated by these ideas from this discussion and numerous ones I’ve been apart of before and I discovered a professor of psychology and sociology at New York University named Warren Farrell. Professor Farrell in a promenade member of both the Second-Wave feminist movement and an original member of the Men’s Rights movement.
There are a lot of negative connotations to the Men’s Rights movement, and rightly so. The modern movement has become anti-women and maintaining a hierarchy of genders in out society. The original movement as Farrell describes it is told men that it is okay to pick a life path that is not just, as he puts it, make money, make money, or make money, but to be free to, if they wanted to become a stay at home dad, or not want a family. I am very for the idea of feminism and that women should be free to make whatever life choice they want to make, but men need to know it is okay to do the same thing. One of his most famous quotes I find very expiring and hopeful for a positive and free future for both men and women.
“There should be neither a women’s movement blaming men, nor a men’s movement blaming women, but a gender liberation movement freeing both sexes from the rigid roles of the past toward more flexible roles for their future.”