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 11: Conclusion and Afterthoughts
Conclusion and Afterthoughts
[Feminism] proposes ‘the individuality of each human soul …. In discussing the rights of woman, we are to consider, first, what belongs to her as an individual, in a world of her own, the arbiter of her own destiny …’. This is simply a recognition of the human condition, in which women are included. It is also die precondition for die realization of Marx's greatest ethical idea: from each according to her ability, to each according to her need. (Andrea Dworkin, 1983)1
My aim in this book was to introduce contemporary feminist thought, classified mainly into conventional schools but structured around equality, sameness, and difference. I have tried to extend the scope of the ‘equality–difference’ debate, concerned with the sameness and ...