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

Socialist Feminism: From Androgyny to Gynocentrism, Equality to Difference

Socialist feminism: From androgyny to gynocentrism, equality to difference

I am here going to chart three changes within socialist feminism over the last fifteen years. It has, I argue, moved in large part from androgyny to gender difference, and from Marxism or revolutionary socialism towards an accommodation with, if reform of, the political and social system we know now. Further it has increasingly focused on differences between groups, and not only groups of women; also demoting, or failing to mention, class. Following a preliminary discussion, I shall centre on the work of Iris Young. For Young, in any event a major writer, exemplifies these trends.

I begin by outlining what socialist feminism was, or has been thought to ...

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