Throughout history, Western philosophers have buried women’s characters under the category of “men’s nature.” Feminist theorists, responding to this exclusion. ads, these office-based upwardly mobile women have special needs in clothes and makeup; they cannot be distracted by irregularity or menstruation; they are. It surely would lighten the tasks of feminism tremendously if we could cut to the quick of women’s lives by focusing on some essential “woman- ness.” However.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Inessential Woman by Elizabeth V. Inessential Woman by Elizabeth V. Throughout history, Western philosophers have buried women’s characters under the category of “men’s nature. Inessential Woman is an eloquent argument against white, middle-class bias in feminis Throughout history, Western philosophers have buried women’s characters under the category of “men’s nature.
Inessential Woman is an eloquent argument against white, middle-class bias in feminist theory. It warns against trying to seperate feminist thinking and politics from issues of race and class, and challenges the assumption of homogeneity that underlies much of feminist thought.
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Elizabeth V. Spelman
Although very much a product of its time, this book remains an important and unfortunately highly relevant into the white solipsism inherent in much mainstream feminist thought.
Laying bear many of the often unspoken assumptions underlying much of what passes for feminist theorizing, Spelman reveals how the “question of difference” to which white feminists often refer is really a “problem of privilege,” namely white, middle-class women’s privilege of defining themselves as women simpliciter. T Although very much a product of its time, this book remains an important and unfortunately highly relevant into the white solipsism inherent in much mainstream feminist thought.
To be sure, there are other works in particular those by women of color feminists that speak more directly to the racism, classism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, and nativis which is regularly central to womqn feminist theory.
Further, these works seek to center the lived histories of women of color, among others, rather than simply trying to reveal the abstract axioms which support white feminist thinking. This latter group might be convinced to abandon the single-focus, hierarchy reinforcing, nominally “feminist” paradigms which sadly remain so central to what passes for feminism, both inside and outside the academy.
One caveat about this text is that it contains speljan number of cissexist comments that are inessentia and frankly unnecessary.
This is particularly disappointing because Spelman hints several times as lines of inquiry that might have challenged gender binarist, cissexist, and transmisogynistic thinking. In fact, she even argues at one point that women might not all have the same gender identity! One wonders what might have been had she pushed her thinking further on these questions; the book would have been much stronger for it.
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