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
Chapter 10: The Legal Challenge
The Legal Challenge
Carol Baccbi and Catharine Mackinnon have explicitly attacked the terms and the terminology of the (gender) ‘equality–difference’ debate.1 They focus firmly, in the main, on sameness/equality, difference, and the law. Given their concern to improve women's position relative to men's, they might be thought equality feminists, problematic though they would find the word. Mackinnon, I believe, thinks it so mainly because of the ‘sameness’ and therefore ‘difference’ connotations it has held until now. It may be that Bacchi does too: that is not always clear.
Mackinnon is a lawyer whose work emerges from the strand of feminist theory influenced by critical legal thought, though her view is very much her own. Bacchi, an historian, approaches equality–difference via die law. She addresses ...