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 6: Cultural Feminism: Feminism's First Difference
Cultural Feminism: Feminism's First Difference
Early radicalism knew the importance of differences between groups of women; but that knowledge was of a rather rudimentary form, and except for a few writers, was lost. The knowledge of the salience of gender sameness or difference, of course, never was. While both early radicalism and liberal feminism believed the sexes differed, neither saw the distinctions as innate. They tended to view them negatively, though there were certain liberal feminists who wanted to make female values and qualities known, and would even rest a case for advancement upon them. Further, some early feminists would – even if we say this by inference – adopt the attributes of men, while others believed that the current characteristics ...