What Is Feminism?

What Is Feminism?

It seems most unlikely that so much effort would have been put into making women artificially dependent on men if they had been naturally so.

- Janet Radcliffe Richards, The Sceptical Feminist

Podcast of the Day

Pints and philosophical problems with Matthew Sweet. Each week the programme examines a knotty philosophical issue: this week, sex equality and pay. Should we expect women to make up 50% of senior positions and, if they do not, is that evidence of discrimination? In the pub for this episode is the philosopher Janet Radcliffe Richards.

Listen to The Philosopher's Arms episode on Sex Equality

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In both academic and non-academic discussions of feminism, there is sometimes a lack of appreciation for the diversity among feminist positions. Two people may be called feminists while disagreeing about a range of theoretical and practical issues, like the nature of oppression, sex work, or abortion....

The sameness approach [...] shares similarities with what elsewhere is called humanist or liberal feminism. The basic idea is that people ought to be treated equally, regardless of their physical or social characteristics.

Premise 1: If A and B are the same in the relevant respects, then A and B should be treated the same.

Premise 2: Women and men are the same in the relevant respects.

Conclusion: Women and men should be treated the same....

Continue reading Annaleigh Curtis' article: Feminism Part 1: The Sameness Approach

Further Reading

Feminism is both an intellectual commitment and a political movement that seeks justice for women and the end of sexism in all forms. However, there are many different kinds of feminism. Feminists disagree about what sexism consists in, and what exactly ought to be done about it; they disagree about what it means to be a woman or a man and what social and political implications gender has or should have. Nonetheless, motivated by the quest for social justice, feminist inquiry provides a wide range of perspectives on social, cultural, economic, and political phenomena. Important topics for feminist theory and politics include: the body, class and work, disability, the family, globalization, human rights, popular culture, race and racism, reproduction, science, the self, sex work, human trafficking, and sexuality....

Continue reading the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article: Topics in Feminism by Haslanger, Tuana, and O'Connor

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