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 7: Woman's Kindness: Cultural Feminism's Second Face
Woman's Kindness: Cultural Feminism's Second Face
‘Strong’ cultural feminism, we have seen, comprises a variety of types of work and thought, the unifying factors being an emphasis on gender difference, and the revaluing of women's activities and traits, by patriarchy debased. So it is neither monolithic as a ‘school’ nor celebratory alone. It is often called essentialist; however, it is only by inference that this can be said of its major figures, Daly and Rich.
I turn to a form of feminism that could also be called cultural, in its celebration and promotion of what it believes to be female characteristics, values, and beliefs. I call it ‘weak’ cultural feminism here. It is not to me essentialist, perhaps not even universalist, ...