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 4: Essential Tensions? Liberal Feminism's Second Stage
Essential Tensions? Liberal Feminism's Second Stage
Liberal feminists, we saw, seek equality of opportunity; though in practice that can mean parity, at various levels, with men. They base their claims on ‘sameness’, or, as I would prefer it, ‘adequate similarity’, to men. What of those among them who have moved towards difference?
Feminists like these assert that the reason for an advancement of women is that their character is complementary to, and possibly better than, men's. However for them, as opposed to certain of the difference feminists I discuss later, it is learned, or absorbed from a context such as the home. So perhaps the real distinction between them and the sameness-equality feminists who want to eliminate difference is that they ...