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Hi, I am a university student in Canada and am trying to do a paper on radical feminism. I am looking for information on how this theory defines the source of inequality or discrimination. I am having a bit of trouble trying to find info specifically on radical feminism. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Andreana

Thanks for your note. To learn more about radical feminism, there is an entire book devoted to the topic--Daring to be Bad. There are actually many books that cover it, but this one historically records this branch of the feminist movement. Also, there is an entry under "radical feminism" included in the U.S. Readers Companion to U.S. Women's History and here are some excerpts from that:

"Radical feminism confronts women's oppression with a revolutionary analysis (as distinquished from reform) that goes to the root causes of male domination, defines men as responsible for and gaining from women's subordination, and focuses on sisterhood and women's bonding. The personal politics of radical feminism, which emphasize sexual and reproductive exploitation of women, focuses on the commonality of women's conditions across class and race as well as cultures and national boundaries. In the beginning it was criticized for making women's issues a priority over all other issues. Later in the movement, racism took the form of theories that did not effectively address different racial conditions of women and practices that subordinated or excluded women of color..."

Read more in the Readers Companion to U.S. Women's History (see the Feminist.com Bookstore). This entry was written by Kathleen Barry.


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