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Feminist Perspectives

Feminism since its inception in the mid-1800s has branched into many movements, all of which identify themselves as ‘feminist, ’ but vary in their philosophical perspectives.

This theory believes that there is a distinctive ‘male culture’ and a ‘female culture, ’ which are different largely due to the differing biology of men and women, and they manifest in differing social behaviors. So for e.g. cultural feminists see nurturing and caring to be more of ‘female culture, ’ than ‘male culture, ’ and this they recognize as being intrinsic to the process of being female. Cultural feminists also believe that the contributions of ‘female culture, ’ such as child care, domestic work etc. have been disregarded and greatly devalued in society, largely because they are unpaid. They also believe that social systems have evolved along lines of ‘male culture, ’ and include traits like competition and aggression, and so they tend to isolate women. The focus of cultural feminists is to have ‘women’s work’ – particularly in the domestic care and child care arena recognized as economically and socially productive. And to change the work place environment outside the domestic realm to incorporate more ‘female culture’ and make it accessible to women.

Liberal Feminism has a perspective that is diametrically opposite to that of cultural feminism. They believe that the differences in male and female social behavior are not so much because of biology but because of how their environment conditions them to be. They believe that gender identity and behavior are cultural constructs, products of the discrepancies in the legal and social opportunities available to men and women, and of the differences in how gender norms for behavior, choices, expectations, etc are set by society for girls and boys, and men and women. The focus of liberal feminists therefore is on creating a completely level playing field for the genders in terms of legal and social systems, and gender norms and gender socializations for that is what they believe is the key to the gender equality.

  • Socialist (Marxist) Feminism

This theory recognizes that in addition to gender discrimination, there are many other social venues for discrimination, such as race, class, education, sexual orientation and economics. And they believe that each category of discrimination compounds a woman’s experience of gender discrimination. So for example a poor, uneducated black American woman would be three times more disadvantaged than a wealthy, educated white American woman. So the Socialist Feminist perspective is that for there to be total gender equity all forms of discrimination in society will have to be simultaneously addressed.

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What is the feminist perspective in literature?

Feminist literary criticism is the critical analysis of literary works based on the feminist perspective.In particular, feminist literary critics tend to reject the patriarchal norms of literature "that privileges masculine ways of thinking/points of view and marginalizes women politically, economically and psychologically," according to Paul Ady, associate professor of English at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Instead, feminist critics approach literature in a way that empowers the female point-of-view instead, typically rejecting the patriarchal language that has domi…

What is a feminist perspective.

Aview of literature that allows the reader to focus on issues regarding women <APEX>

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