In Marilyn Frye’s piece, ‘Oppression,’ the author seeks to define ‘oppression’ in such a way that entails that women are oppressed as women, but men are not oppressed as men.

When men do something that is considered feminine, they are told to “man up” and “grow a pair” because showing feeling or anything a little woman like is not considered strong and masculine.

Frye’s definition of oppression serves her purpose very well; that is, it makes clear that women are oppressed and men are not. Women face restrictions which, on-balance, are harmful to them; they are imposed by social structures and expectations, and even within the law; women face them because of their status as women; and men both impose these barriers and benefit from them.

Another point she made had to do with the analogy of the privileged, rich, white boy who breaks his leg skiing. He is in pain momentarily however his leg will heal and he will no longer suffer. This “pain “ will eventually go away, while woman will always struggle with social hierarchy to be at the top and get treated just like men do.


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