What is feminist theory?

Feminist Theory

Feminist theory is the extension of feminism into theoretical or philosophical discourse. It aims to understand the nature of gender inequality. It examines women's social roles, experience, interests, and feminist politics in a variety of fields, such as anthropology and sociology, communication, psychoanalysis, economics, literary, education, and philosophy. While generally providing a critique of social relations, much of feminist theory also focuses on analyzing gender inequality and the promotion of women's interests. Feminist researchers embrace two key tenets: (1) their research should focus on the condition of women in society, and (2) their research must be grounded in the assumption, that women generally experience subordination. Thus, feminist research rejects Weber's value-free orientation in favour of being overtly political-doing research in pursuit of the feminist agenda. Themes explored in feminism include discrimination, objectification (especially sexual objectification), oppression, patriarchy, stereotyping, art history and contemporary art, and aesthetics.

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Feminist Theory - Disciplines - Legal Theory
... Main article Feminist legal theory The study of feminist legal theory is a school thought based on the feminist view that law's treatment of women in relation to men has not been equal or fair ... The goals of feminist legal theory as defined by leading theorist Claire Dalton, consist of understanding and exploring the female experience, figuring out if law and institutions oppose females, and figuring out what ... the connections between the law and gender as well as applying feminist analysis to concrete areas of law ...
Patriarchy (anthropology) - Feminist Theory
... As feminist and political theorist Carole Pateman writes, "The patriarchal construction of the difference between masculinity and femininity is the political difference ... Feminist theory typically characterizes patriarchy as a social construction, which can be overcome by revealing and critically analyzing its manifestations ...
Julie Nelson (economist)
... Nelson is an American feminist economist and Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston, most known for her application of feminist theory to questions of the definition of the ... the most highly cited scholars in the field of feminist economics ... Beyond Economic Man Feminist Theory and Economics, a 1993 book Nelson co-edited with Marianne A ...
Feminism In France - French Feminist Theory
... The term 'French feminism' refers to a branch of feminist theories and philosophies that emerged in the 1970s to the 1990s ... French feminist theory, compared to Anglophone feminisms, is distinguished by an approach which is more philosophical and literary ... It sets out a feminist existentialism which prescribes a moral revolution ...

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