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Radical Feminism Today offers a timely and engaging account of exactly what feminism is, and what it is not. Author Denise Thompson questions much of what has come to be taken for granted as `feminism' and points to the limitations of implicitly defining feminism in terms of `women', `gender', `difference' or `race//gender//class'. She challenges some of the most widely accepted ideas about feminism and in doing so opens up a number of hitheto closed debates, allowing for the possibility of moving those debates further.


The general tenor of the arguments in this book is that radical feminism is not one form of feminism among others, but simply feminism ‘unmodified’ (MacKinnon, 1987: 16), and that the common practice of qualifying feminism with any of a variety of pre-existing frameworks serves to disguise the core meaning of feminism. In the 1970s, those frameworks tended to be summed up under the headings ‘liberal feminism’, ‘socialist feminism’ and ‘radical feminism’; subsequently, they have multiplied into a plethora of ‘feminisms’ which defy enumeration. But such a characterization disguises the relations of power involved. What has been happening is not a struggle over the meaning of feminism between equally matched contenders, but a stream of attacks powered by allegiances to varieties of malestream thought, ...

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