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Feminism Notes
Core themes

`Redefining the political'
Public/ Private divide- Public = Government institutions, parties, pressure groups, public
Private= Family life, personal relationships, domestic responsibilities.
Kate Millet- `Power structured relationships, arrangements whereby one group of persons Is
controlled by another'
Sexual Inequality preserved by Sexual divisions of labour.

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Sex and gender
`Biology is destiny'
Biology should not determine social role/ destiny.
Link between child bearing and child rearing =cultural not biological.
Domestic Responsibilities shared ­ `symmetrical family'
Sex= Biological differences- natural + unalterable
Gender= cultural; refers to roles that society ascribes to men and women- imposed
stereotypes `masculinity',…

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Individualism- equal moral worth, rational grounds, equal rights, participate + gain access to
political life.
Suffrage based on liberal individualism, female emancipation gained through equal voting
Want to break legal/social pressures restrict women from careers, representation+ being
politically active.
Reformist-open public life + equal competition
Do not want to…

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Juliet Mitchell: Women fulfil 4 social functions: 1) Members of workforce. 2) Bear children. 3)
Socialize children. 4) Sex objects: Liberation requires emancipation is all 4 areas.

Radical Feminism
Gender most important of all social divisions.
Uncover Patriarchy social, personal+ sexual existence.
Women portrayed as inferior+ subordinate to men- Stereotype…

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Third-Wave feminism and beyond

Since 1970's divisions in core traditions have both deepened and blurred-new forms
emerged: `Third-wave', `new feminism', `post feminism'
`Third wave feminism' adopted by younger generation- believed campaigns and
demands of 60's+70's not relevant to them due to new issues and social
Adopted radical engagement with…

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