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 5: Radical Equality: The Early Fire
Radical Equality: The Early Fire
The feminism I discuss now, ‘early radicalism’ as I call it, is an equality feminism; though it places a greater emphasis on difference, in more than one sense of the word, than liberal feminism does. Also in sharp contrast to the works discussed above, and to their writers' annoyance, if not indeed anger and chagrin,1 it frequently addresses sexuality and its discontents. In doing this, such writers think, it avoids the real problems that women face, or antagonizes those who might otherwise support the feminist cause. Sometimes, indeed, its analysis is based on a critique of sexuality: sexuality is seen as oppression's cause, in a way that must be anathema to them.
Further, its equality is not ...