This stimulating text presents a concise and accessible introduction to feminist theory today. Covering all the major variants of feminist political thought, it offers a unique examination of the archive of modern feminist theory from the publication of The Feminine Mystique in 1963 to current postmodernist and legal feminist texts. It provides both an intellectual history and a political critique of contemporary feminism in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Judith Evans focuses on the divergence within, as well as between, feminist schools, and on protests from women marginalized by `the movement' - including those who are lesbian and those who are black. Feminist Theory Today contends that the ear

Introduction

Introduction

In 1972 the United Nations declared 1975 to be the … International Year of the Woman. Among the world's women … reaction was not all good. Was this … an admission that everything else was the Year of the Man?1

Through the centuries, women have endured the Year of the Man. Ever, some have rebelled. If feminism is a protest against women's oppression, there is no confining its story, by country, culture, or time. We know of the suffragists who campaigned for the franchise. Do we remember Emily Davison, who died in its cause? Do we recall those arrested time after time, brutally force-fed, that we might vote?2

It may be, we do. Do we know of the Indian women who have for decades fled patriarchal ...

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