The Feminist Activism

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Feminist theories have engaged with exploration of difference and subjectivity. There is more than one way to think about and respond to recognition, identity and difference. Each chapter examines a current feminist perspective and highlights the main feminist critiques of the perspective. The text starts by introducing us to Feminist activism and explaining how it is often divided into two periods; the late nineteenth century (first wave) and the 1960s and 1970s (the second wave). Both periods were very important parts of the feminist movement and have helped bring out changes to our society in how woman are viewed, their rights, and how gender issues are understood. The first wave mainly focused on women’s right to vote, own property and obtain an education in the public sphere. The second wave focused on how opportunities woman suffered in the public realm to the roles they in the private sphere. These included issues on women’s sexuality, reproduction, domestic labour and domestic violence. Both waves however highlighted the inability …show more content…
In the first chapter on equal rights it discusses how contemporary liberalism responds to arguments about difference. Their view is that “we may all be different, but the best guarantee of equality is to treat us as if we were all the same” and states that if we go beyond this it is problematic and leads the state into taking a role it cannot fulfill. There is just no definite way to indicate how our society can have such a fair view when we each have so many differences. John Rawls gave us an attempt to solve this issue. Rawls defines universal human nature by arguing that he does not give individuality or the individual subject a metaphysical state. In his works A Theory of Justice he has a thought experiment called the “original position.” In this situation a society would come up with a structure of