Feminist Therapy

Feminist Therapy

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FEMINIST THERAPY

FeministTherapy

FeministTherapy

Overthe years, there have been numerous changes in the social systemswhich results into changes in the status of members of the society.One of the most important changes that have resulted intotransformation of the social system has been flexibility in genderroles. In the past, there were rigid gender roles which were definedby masculinity of men and femininity of women. Men gender roles wereproviding for the family while women gender roles were bearingchildren and taking care of the family. However, changes in thesocial structures and social system have resulted into changes inhousehold and economic responsibilities of men and women. Anincreased number of women have assumed economic responsibilities andproviding for their families while men are adopting more householdresponsibilities such as nursing children. Feminist theory hassignificantly helped both men and women to adapt to the changingsocial structures that have resulted into changes in the gender roles(Evans et al, 2011).

Feministtherapy emerged as a result of the feminist philosophy and movementthat emerged in the 1960s. The movement emerged as a result ofincreased number of women who were dissatisfied and ready to expressthemselves about the traditional gender roles which favored men.Feminist therapy is based on the view that gender based decisionsshould not be based on gender roles that are stereotypical. Thetherapy is aimed at convincing both men and women that the changes inthe society have resulted into different courses of life. This meansthat one does not have to conform to certain gender roles or socialexpectations. Rather than following the traditional standards andgender roles, feminist therapies support women to adopt astrengthening approach to their roles in the society (Evans et al,2011). The therapy is a treatment that aims at supporting the clientsto work towards their empowerment in the society as well as helpingthem to find their identity and purpose. The main goal of feministtherapy is working towards eliminating or reducing the vulnerabilityof the individual to traditional and stereotypical gender roles.However, to achieve the goals in rapidly changing social structures,it is important for the feminist therapist to understand thedifferent ethnic, classes and sexual differences that exist in thesociety and how they impact on gender roles in the diverse society.This will enable them assist their clients in dealing with thethoughts and feeling related to their traditional gender roles andfocus more on exploring their own identity (Evans et al, 2011).

Althoughfeminist therapy was initially aimed at helping women deal withchallenges associated with their traditional gender roles, it is alsobeneficial to men. Although traditional male gender roles men are notstereotypical, compared to female gender roles, they also facechallenges associated with changing gender roles. They also facedwith gender based constrains such as autonomy and increasedcompetition from the opposite gender. Therefore, feminist therapybenefits both men and women in the dynamic society. It is importantto note that due to the nature of the traditional cultures inrelation to gender, men are at a higher risk of being affected by thechanges in the society. This is because of the notion that men shouldnot express vulnerability or empathy, but should be viewed asmasculine and strong. This suggests that men derive a lot of benefitsfrom feminist therapy (Brannon, 2015).

References

Brannon,L. (2015). Gender:Psychological Perspectives,Psychology Press, ISBN 1317348141.

Evans,K.,Elizabeth A. &amp Susan R. (2011). Introductionto feminist therapy: strategies for social and individual change.Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE.