feminism(s)

URI: http://eige.europa.eu/taxonomy/term/1130

Definition

A political stance and commitment to change the political position of women and promote gender equality, based on the thesis that women are subjugated because of their gendered body, i.e. sex. All feminisms agree that women are in the subordinated position in relation to men. Besides three waves of feminism and post-feminism, there are several feminist currents and orientations, e.g. Marxist feminists, liberal feminists, cyber feminists, lesbian feminists, radical feminism, feminism & psychoanalysis, etc.

Contemporary feminisms’ main focus is either a re-evaluation and reconceptualisation of women, their positions and roles, or a deconstruction of covert forms of gender discrimination and exclusion.

See also: emancipation of women

Source(s)

(1) Pilcher, J., and Whelehan, I. (2004). Fifty Key Concepts in Gender Studies, London, Thousand Oaks; (2) Šribar, R. (2015), ‘Glossary of common terms in gender equality and feminist theory’, in M. Ule, R. Šribar and A. U. Venturini, eds., Gendering Science: Slovenian Surveys and Studies in the EU Paradigms, Vienna, Echoraum.

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