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“Feminism is for everybody”! “Men have no place on the women’s march!”. ”If your feminism isn’t intersectional, it’s bullshit!” “It is not the job of feminism to care about all injustice everywhere!”. “Feminism is about women’s equality with men!”. “Feminism isn’t about equality with men, it’s about women’s liberation from what men have created!” These are all familiar claims, and yet they pull in completely different directions. What is feminism? Who is it for? Can men be feminists, or only allies? What is intersectionality, and must feminism be intersectional? In this subject we’ll critically consider a range of feminist theories, including both radical feminism and liberal feminism, and from all four ‘waves’ (with an emphasis on second wave feminism). We’ll also consider a range of applied topics like prostitution and pornography, inclusion of transwomen, theories of gender, gendered social norms, and reproductive rights.
Intended learning outcomes
- Achieve a sound comprehension of the major views in feminist theory (liberal, radical, 1st - 4th wave) and their contemporary political applications;
- Acquire a familiarity with some key texts from which these views come;
- Demonstrate understanding of feminist theory on which to build further expertise in the Level-3 course 'Race and Gender';
- Learn to deploy the methods of critical analysis and argument employed in analytic philosophy.
- Acquire strong skills in critical analysis and argument;
- Improve upon general reasoning;
- Strengthen written communication.
Last updated: 13 November 2019