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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.

Feminism Undefined
Feminism undefined

The obvious place to look for definitions is, of course, a dictionary, and feminist dictionaries do exist. But they are no more useful for clarifying the meaning of feminism than any other text. Because their purpose is to provide as comprehensive an overview as possible, their main criterion for selection is anything called ‘feminist’. As a consequence, they tend to reproduce the conflicts and contradictions without resolving them. The entries under ‘feminism’ are so disparate as to be little help in getting any coherent sense of what feminism is.

This is often a deliberate strategy on the part of the compilers since their aim is to include as wide a range as possible of what women have said about each topic designated by a ...

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