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Feminism & feminist theory

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Habermas and Feminism Critical Reflections on Normativity

Habermas and Feminism Critical Reflections on Normativity

Author: Taine Duncan Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2020

In this volume, Taine Duncan offers a critique of Jurgen Habermas inspired by ethical and political feminist philosophy. She argues for a critical, theoretically grounded relational ethics and maintains that modern critical theory must be sensitive to social, political, and embodied difference. The utopian spirit of normative ethics, she suggests, can only be fairly achieved by fluidly working together for shared interests. By synthesizing feminist hopes for utopian ideals with the concept of solidarity that emerges from a relational ethics, this book puts forth a feminist project of cosmopolitanism as foundational for an ethical society. Habermas and Feminism explores the relevance of Habermas to philosophy while discussing how his strictures and assumptions limit what normative ethics should actually engender, a notion of embodied subjectivity contributing to emancipation and political participation. Duncan delves into the pressing contemporary need for an emancipatory democratic theory that is responsive to feminist thought and takes intersectionality, immigration issues, and disability theory into account. By contrasting Habermas' recent applications of normativity and consensus with the realities of feminist concerns, this book offers an alternative critical theoretical perspective.

Fundamental Feminism Radical Feminist History for the Future

Fundamental Feminism Radical Feminist History for the Future

Author: Judith Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2020

In this updated classic, Judith Grant provides a new introduction and postscript that frames her original work as part of a larger argument about the importance of structuralism in radical feminist ideas of patriarchy. Forewords by esteemed feminist theorists reintroduce the new edition to the latest generation of feminist students and scholars. In Fundamental Feminism, Judith Grant explores the evolution of feminist theory in the context of today's feminist thought. In the original work, Grant analzyed three core concepts in feminist theory - woman, experience, and personal politics - from their origins in pamphlets and writings from the early women's liberation movement to their later constructions in feminist thought. In this second edition, she argues for the pivotal role of early radical feminism and the longstanding influence of these core assumptions on current theories including intersectional theory, queer theory structuralism and poststructuralism, and ongoing discussions about the sexuality debates of the 1980s. Fundamental Feminism is provocative reading for anyone interested in the history and future of feminist theory and the power of feminist politics.

Fundamental Feminism Radical Feminist History for the Future

Fundamental Feminism Radical Feminist History for the Future

Author: Judith Grant Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2020

In this updated classic, Judith Grant provides a new introduction and postscript that frames her original work as part of a larger argument about the importance of structuralism in radical feminist ideas of patriarchy. Forewords by esteemed feminist theorists reintroduce the new edition to the latest generation of feminist students and scholars. In Fundamental Feminism, Judith Grant explores the evolution of feminist theory in the context of today's feminist thought. In the original work, Grant analzyed three core concepts in feminist theory - woman, experience, and personal politics - from their origins in pamphlets and writings from the early women's liberation movement to their later constructions in feminist thought. In this second edition, she argues for the pivotal role of early radical feminism and the longstanding influence of these core assumptions on current theories including intersectional theory, queer theory structuralism and poststructuralism, and ongoing discussions about the sexuality debates of the 1980s. Fundamental Feminism is provocative reading for anyone interested in the history and future of feminist theory and the power of feminist politics.

She Proclaims Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World

She Proclaims Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World

Author: Jennifer Palmieri Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2020

When Jennifer Palmieri realized that everything in her life had been shaped by men, she wanted to make a change. From work behaviour and use of language to wardrobe choices, she decided to follow her own convictions and reject paternalistic expectations. In an era of wage gaps, the Kavanaugh hearings, the #MeToo movement and a domineering administration, Jennifer found a way to move beyond the bounds of patriarchy and wants to show readers a way out. Where Dear Madam President introduced a blueprint to succeed and the tools to prosper, We Proclaim gives readers the advice they need to to step out of a man's world and into their own. Jennifer believes that every woman has power to change the world by changing the way she behaves in it. We Proclaim celebrates the accomplishments and history of the women's movement and it will inspire you to be subversive, courageous and bold. This book is a Declaration of Independence for women, broken into three types of sections: A preamble that expresses gratitude for the lessons of a man's worldAn assertion: the time has come for women to declare their independence from a world not created for them.Each chapter begins with a whereas clause and includes advice for combating the reality of living in a patriarchy.Through personal reflections and stories of other inspirational female leaders, Jennifer shares the key lessons she's learned from her journey to success.

Wordslut A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

Wordslut A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

Author: Amanda Montell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

I get so jazzed about the future of feminism knowing that Amanda Montell's brilliance is rising up and about to explode worldwide. -Jill Soloway A brash, enlightening, and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us. The word bitch conjures many images, but it is most often meant to describe an unpleasant woman. Even before its usage to mean a female canine, bitch didn't refer to women at all-it originated as a gender-neutral word for genitalia. A perfectly innocuous word devolving into an insult directed at females is the case for tons more terms, including hussy, which simply meant housewife ; and slut, which meant an untidy person and was also used to describe men. These are just a few of history's many English slurs hurled at women. Amanda Montell, reporter and feminist linguist, deconstructs language-from insults, cursing, gossip, and catcalling to grammar and pronunciation patterns-to reveal the ways it has been used for centuries to keep women and other marginalized genders from power. Ever wonder why so many people are annoyed when women speak with vocal fry or use like as filler? Or why certain gender-neutral terms stick and others don't? Or where stereotypes of how women and men speak come from in the first place? Montell effortlessly moves between history, science, and popular culture to explore these questions-and how we can use the answers to affect real social change. Montell's irresistible humor shines through, making linguistics not only approachable but downright hilarious and profound. Wordslut gets to the heart of our language, marvels at its elasticity, and sheds much-needed light on the biases that shadow women in our culture and our consciousness.

Revisiting the Gaze The Fashioned Body and the Politics of Looking

Revisiting the Gaze The Fashioned Body and the Politics of Looking

Author: Dr. Morna Laing Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2020

In 1975 Laura Mulvey published her seminal essay on the male gaze, ushering in a new era in understanding the politics and theory of looking at the female body. Since then, feminist thinking has expanded upon and revised Mulvey's theory and much of the Western world has seen a resurgence in feminist activism as well as the rise of neoliberalism and shifts in digital culture and (self-)representation. For the first time, this book addresses what it means to look at the fashioned female body in this radical new landscape. In chapters exploring the fashioned body within contexts such as queerness, veiling, blackness, pregnancy, fatness, and criminality, Revisiting the Gaze addresses intersectional debates in feminism and re-evaluates the concept of the gaze in light of recent social and political changes. With an interdisciplinary approach, bridging fashion and fine art, this book opens the door to discussions about the male gaze and the fashioned body.

The Emotional Load

The Emotional Load

Author: Emma Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2020

Women Don't Owe You Pretty The debut book from Florence Given

Women Don't Owe You Pretty The debut book from Florence Given

Author: Florence Given Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

* Florence has a way of effortlessly reminding you of who you were before the world barged in. - Chidera Eggerue, bestselling author of What a Time to be Alone WOMEN DON'T OWE YOU PRETTY will tell you to... love sex, hate sexism, protect your goddamn energy, life is short, dump them, And that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty. Florence's debut book will explore all progressive corners of the feminist conversation; from insecurity projection and refusing to find comfort in other women's flaws, to deciding whether to date or dump them, all the way through to unpacking the male gaze and how it shapes our identity. WOMEN DON'T OWE YOU PRETTY is an accessible leap into feminism, for people at all stages of their journey who are seeking to reshape and transform the way they view themselves. In a world that tells women we're either not enough or too much, it's time we stop directing our anger and insecurities onto ourselves, and start fighting back to re-shape the toxic structures of our patriarchal society. Florence's book will help you to tackle and challenge the limiting narrative you have been bombarded with your whole life, and determine feminism on your own terms. After all, you are the love of your own life.

Reimagining Global Abortion Politics A Social Justice Perspective

Reimagining Global Abortion Politics A Social Justice Perspective

Author: Fiona (Ulster University) Bloomer, Claire Pierson, Sylvia Estrada Claudio Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

What are the contemporary issues in abortion politics globally? What factors explain variations in access to abortion between and within different countries? This text provides a transnationally-focused, interdisciplinary analysis of trends in abortion politics using case studies from around the Global North and South. It considers how societal influences, such as religion, nationalism and culture, impact abortion law and access. It explores the impact of international human rights norms, the increasing displacement of people due to conflict and crisis and the role of activists on law reform and access. The book concludes by considering the future of abortion politics through the more holistic lens of reproductive justice. Utilising a unique interdisciplinary approach, this book provides a major contribution to the knowledge base on abortion politics globally. It provides an accessible, informative and engaging text for academics, policy makers and readers interested in abortion politics.

Feminist Parenting Perspectives from Africa and Beyond

Feminist Parenting Perspectives from Africa and Beyond

Author: Rama Salla Dieng Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond asks and considers: What is feminist parenting? Is it something for all parents? What does it mean to be a feminist parent in practice? The collection aims to fill a gap on feminist parenting in the existing literature by bringing timely post-Western perspectives. More specifically, the anthology's main contribution is its explicit focus on feminist parenting from the margins to the global periphery: from Africa and its diaspora, from the Global South to Europe and America. The 27 parents from diverse backgrounds, walks of life and countries gathered in this anthology share powerful responses to the above questions by narrating their experiences of some of the challenges, dilemmas, promises and compromises of parenting with a feminist perspective. The volume is the one of the first collections published with first-person essays describing very touching, beautiful and sometimes painful stories of what it means and more importantly what it costs to become a feminist parent with an intersectional approach. In doing so, the authors of this book aim at (re)claiming parenting as a necessarily political terrain for subversion, radical transformation and resistance to patriarchal oppression and sexism.

The Panic Years

The Panic Years

Author: Nell Frizzell Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2020

'Every millennial woman should have it on her bookshelf.' Pandora Sykes 'As informative as it is poetic' Dolly Alderton The Panic Years: something between adolescence and menopause, a personal crisis, a transformation. The panic years can hit at any time but they are most commonly triggered somewhere between the ages of twenty-five and forty. During this time, every decision a woman makes - from postcode to partner, friends to family, work to weekends - will be impacted by the urgency of the one decision with a deadline, the one decision that is impossible to take back: whether or not to have a baby. But how to stay sane in such a maddening time? How to understand who you are and what you might want from life? How to know if you're making the right decisions? Raw, hilarious and beguilingly honest, Nell Frizzell's account of her panic years is both an arm around the shoulder and a campaign to start a conversation. This affects us all - women, men, mothers, children, partners, friends, colleagues - so it's time we started talking about it with a little more candour. 'Vital reading. Nell Frizzell is a master.' Rob Delaney, co-writer and co-star of Catastrophe

Feminist Trouble Intersectional Politics in Post-Secular Times

Feminist Trouble Intersectional Politics in Post-Secular Times

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY NC ND 4.0 International license. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. Feminism is in trouble. For more than two decades, Islamic veils, niqabs, and burkinis, forced and arranged marriages, polygamy and Sharia rules concerning women have been the object of intense public scrutiny and legal regulations in many Western countries, especially in Europe, and feminists have been actively engaged on both sides of the debates. In Feminist Trouble, Eleonore Lepinard draws on extended fieldwork with numerous women's organizations in France and Quebec. Giving voice to women of color and white women, Lepinard dissects hierarchies of privilege, in particular whiteness, in feminist politics, grappling with Islam and Islamic veiling debates to understand how these changes have transformed contemporary feminist movements, intersectional politics, and the feminist collective subject. A critical look at feminism, its divisions, and its future, Feminist Trouble argues that feminism should not be centered around an identity-women-but should instead focus on a feminist ethic of responsibility which reckons with power asymmetries and requires women to prioritize their ethical responsibility to the feminist project.