Women and men in feminist political thought

Valerie Bryson

in Gender and the politics of time

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347503
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302391 | DOI:
Women and men in feminist political thought

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This chapter prepares the ground for later discussion by asking how people are to think about ‘women’ and ‘men’ in the light of recent feminist understandings of both differences among women and the precarious and constructed nature of gender identities. Linking its discussion to wider feminist critiques of hierarchical dichotomous thought, the chapter challenges the privileged ‘normality’ of male qualities, interests, and perspectives. It supports the idea of a ‘solidarity in difference’ that recognises temporal differences and divisions as well as commonalities among women, and reaches out to disadvantaged groups of men. The chapter also argues that the situation of the most disadvantaged is likely to provide the best starting point for analysis.

Keywords: feminism; gender identities; dichotomous thought; male qualities; disadvantaged men

Chapter.  6493 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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