- politics is usually understood in the public sphere
- family and personal relationships are thought as personal
- modern feminists think politics takes place within all social groups
- feminists argue sexual equality has been preserved because the sexual division of labour running throughout society is thought of as natural
- public sphere has been restricted to men - politics art etc.
- women are confined to a private existence - family, domesticity
- feminists challenge the divide between the public man and the private woman
- radical feminists oppose the idea that feminism stops at the front door - the personal is the political. Female oppression operates in every walk of life
- liberal feminists object to women being restricted to accessing the private sphere but warn against politicising the private sphere which is a realm of personal choice and freedom
- radical feminists think gender is the deepest and most politically important social division
- sexism is a form of oppression
- society is based on a system of sexual equality and oppression but conventional political theories have ignored this
- patriarchy is the realtionship between men and women. Some feminists just see this as families being dominated by the father.
- Dominance of the father is the family symbolises male supremacy in all institutions
- Men have dominated women…