Feminist Theory, Lesbian Theory, and Queer Theory

Authored by: Mimi Marinucci

The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138795921
eBook ISBN: 9781315758152
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Feminist theory intersects with theories of sexuality in rather complicated ways. There are many different forms of feminism, but the most widely represented (and misrepresented) include what is usually referred to as liberal feminism and what is usually referred to as radical feminism. Liberal feminism is often presented as the definitive version of feminism. Rachel Fudge, for example, characterizes liberal feminism as “just plain feminism” (Fudge 2006) and the definition of feminism found in most general use dictionaries is best characterized as a liberal feminist position. Liberal feminism focuses on the cornerstone Western democratic ideal of equality, which is probably why it is the form of feminism that people often refer to when they are motivated to make feminism seem uncontroversial. Feminist analyses focused on equality have also been referred to as libertarian feminism, equality feminism, and equity feminism.

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