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Sonia Kruks

In: The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory

Chapter 5: Women's ‘Lived Experience’: Feminism and Phenomenology from Simone de Beauvoir to the Present

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Women's ‘Lived Experience’: Feminism and Phenomenology from Simone de Beauvoir to the Present
Women's ‘lived experience’: Feminism and phenomenology from simone de beauvoir to the present
SoniaKruks

‘Experience’ has long been a central and also a much-contested concept in feminist theory. Early second wave feminism regarded the ‘bringing to voice’ and sharing of women's experiences as key to developing ‘sisterhood’ and to building women's collective resistance to their subordination. For example, the 1969 ‘Manifesto of the Redstockings’ declared: ‘We regard our personal experiences and feelings about experience as the basis for an analysis of our common situation …. Our chief task at present is to develop female class consciousness through sharing experience and publicly exposing the sexist foundation of all our situations’ (Redstockings, 1970: 113). However, by ...

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