Feminism is a political project that asserts the social and political equality of the genders, particularly with regard to the underprivileged status of women in comparison with men. Thus, contrary to much popular opinion, feminism is not concerned simply with women but with gender relations, that is, the webs of masculinity and femininity that shape power, the allocation of resources, and the rhythms of everyday life. Although feminists operate from within a wide spectrum of perspectives, they concur that social reality is gendered, that is, that gender cuts across, intersects, shapes, and is in turn shaped by other lines of social organization such as class, age, ethnicity, sexuality, and geographic location. In denaturalizing gender—in exposing its social origins and power relations—they injected the first non-class-based ...

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