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Oppression of African American Women

            In America women and African Americans have been the oppressed group. The lack of equality between men and women is based solely off of the difference in human anatomy. While the lack of equality for African Americans are solely based off being of African descent in other words being "black" or having darker pigmentation. In the late 18th century during the American Revolution the issue for women rights became prominent. This is what started the feminist movement which is defined as the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality to men. This movement not only was a fight for equality but by the 1960's it emphasized unity and sisterhood amongst women. America which is regarded as the land of the "free" but still does not give women the equal rights they deserve. It is incongruous that women needed to form the National Woman's Party in order to receive voting rights in America under the protection of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. Women needed to be covered under the Equal Rights Amendment in order to receive "equal justice under law.".
             The 1960's was the beginning of the sexual revolution which was a liberating social movement that challenged what individuals had previously seen as sexual norms. Contraception and the pill, public nudity, the normalization of premarital sex, homosexuality and alternative forms of sexuality, and the legalization of abortion all followed as a part of the revolution. Both feminism and the sexual revolution works hand in hand because they both rejected the views of gender roles and fight the oppression women face in America. It is disgusting that women have to fight for rights to be equal to men as well as fight for reproductive rights which should already have been a right controlled by women because only women have the power to reproduce. As per Thomas Paine "Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.

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