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Main Theories Marxist Feminist Radical Feminist Liberal Feminist Black Feminist
Marxist Feminists refer to Pilcher (1993) Trowler (1991) Pilcher (1993)
Key Writers the work of Marx for the Firestone (1974) Bernard (1982) Heaton and Lawson
bases of their theory. Abbott and Wallace (1990) Marsden (1995) (1996)
They also refer to Engels Werbner (1992)
as well as Barratt's. Butler (1995)
Women's disadvantaged Society is characterized by Stems from sexual `Third wave feminism.'
Basic position stems from oppression. Biggest division of labour and Seek to find racism and
Assumptions capitalism. Oppression is through gender inequality. sexism.
Barratt's argues that this patriarchy. Society promotes the `Triad of disadvantages'
is not the only reason. Society needs to be view of a difference in All about the views of
Ideology is also another changed completely to genders. Believe the disadvantage of
reason. stop the oppression of society does not have black women.
women. to be changed for
equality of genders to
Brings together Radical Feminists Most realistic in Brings attention
Strengths Marxian class re-affirm woman's route to to the fact all
analysis and worth. change. women
feminism. Demonstrate Most endearing experience
Alerts to potential oppression and to disadvantages.
exploitation. what devalues non-feminists. Created an
Structuralist them. Promotes academic
interpretation Sheer force and a equality of movement.
Macro Theory. voice for women. opportunity. Links racism and
Clearly state their feminism.
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Fails to explain Fails to recognize Represents the Stresses the
Weaknesses why it is women the ways in which white, middle differences that
and not men that women are class female. could create
are exploited. sub-ordinate. Radical divides within a
Little emphasis on Assumes women feminists claim theory.
the way in which from different class it ignores
men exploit backgrounds share patterns of
women. the same gender
Happy with the
men make for