This thoughtful and accessible book provides a critical examination of the central debates attached to conceptualizing sexuality as a site of knowledge and politics. These are explored in chapters on the meaning of heterosexuality, sexual citizenship and the associated notions of sexual rights and obligations, queer theory and its relationship with feminisms, both `new' and `old'. Also included is discussion of responses to the HIV//AIDS epidemic and the implications for understandings of gender and sexuality.
Chapter 3: ‘New’ Feminisms for ‘Old’?
The term ‘feminism’ has many different meanings and perhaps never more so than today when feminist theory and politics are much more plural and contextualised than ever they were. Typically the three classic feminist positions are characterised as: radical, Marxist/socialist, and liberal feminism. However, since these forms of feminism established themselves in the 1970s, many different kinds of feminism have appeared. This is to be expected. New generations of feminists will develop different forms of feminism in so far as women's experience of their lives, and the issues facing them, are different to those of previous generations, as well as the intellectual tools at their disposal. These contributions to the development of feminist theory include, for example, black ...