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 3: Early Liberalism: Feminism's First Equality
Early Liberalism: Feminism's First Equality
In this chapter I discuss liberal feminism in its sameness/equality mode. Equality, I have said, is undertheorized. Its neglect, I suggested, may signal that a quest for radical gender equality has gone. Here are writers who never, anyway, sought that. They tend to forward, if not consciously or explicitly, an equality of opportunity case. Some would espouse procedural fairness, some ask for more. Also they tend to sameness, and androgyny in my sense of the term, though this too is not spelled out. This relatively homogeneous group, however, diners internally, like other schools.
I omit writers who are primarily concerned either to demonstrate a lack of sex differences, or to show, by for example socialization studies, how ...