Feminism And Gender

Authored by: Georgine Clarsen

The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415667715
eBook ISBN: 9781315857572
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934134

10.4324/9781315857572.ch8

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Abstract

Feminist aspirations have been frequently articulated through the meanings, pleasures and potentialities of mobility. The very term ‘feminist movement’ suggests a valorisation of motion. The Enlightenment values of dynamism, progress, freedom and the escape from the confinement of irrational traditions have provided powerful motivating stories for many progressive collectivities across generations. For feminists, however, images of the transgressive movement of women beyond the limited spaces ascribed to femininity, often expressed in terms such as ‘expanding women’s horizons’, have been especially pervasive and powerful.

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