"Feminism is defined by the belief that the personal is the political." Discuss (45)

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"Feminism is defined by the belief that the personal is the political." Discuss (45)


  • P - rad fems: "personal is political" is key idea; E - explanation for domination by men in both public/domestic life; E: rad fem hatred of nuclear family i.e Millett: women oppressed within family when being forced to do most work i.e cooking/cleaning/socialising children
  • P - soci fems: criticism of dual oppression; E: women subject to oppression of both patriarchy and capitalism in private sphere (raising next gen of workers in order to feed capitalist system); E: Mitchell - women serve to socialise children/raise next gen/as sex objects/maintain private sphere for male workers, socialist revolution to get rid of capitalism and dual oppression


  • P - soci fems: dual oppression and emphasis; E: capitalism > patriarchy, no specific plan for patriarchy and is assumed to be removed in socialist revolution
  • P - lib fems: public/private divide; E: individualist influence implies women should have freedom for what they wish to do in private life; E: emphasis on legal equality in public life i.e female suffrage (1928), anti-discrimination laws (Equality Act 2010)

Overall comparison

Feminism is not defined by the belief that the personal is the political due to liberal feminist influence from individualism and liberalism/socialist feminism has more weighting on capitalism > patriarchy though it is a key component of radical feminism


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