is Feminist Theory? I have read
a lot about PostModern Feminist
Theory in relation to social
work practice (also combining
French feminism, deconstructionalism,
etc). How would "mainstream"
feminist theory explain intergenerational
transmission (passing of behavior,
morals, values, etc from one
generation to the next)? Or,
is feminist theory just a perspective
of treating all as equals? Thanks
so much and keep up the good
work! Sincerely, Karen
for your note to FEMINIST.COM.
I have to admit that I'm not
a fan of "feminist theory" which
seems to me to be a term that
makes feminism seem more obscure
than it is. To me, feminist
theory is just the study of
feminism--which is the movement
toward the full social, political
and economic equality of women
and men. I take "mainstream
feminism" to be "majority feminism"--i.e.
what the majority of feminists
support. Given that, I think
the above definition is applicable.
Of course, this is the ultimate
goal and where feminists differ
is how we get there.
To learn more about "feminist
theory" -- I suggest you pick
up the book A Glossary
of Feminist Theory
by Sonya Andermahr, Terry Lacell
and Carol Wolkowitz.