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(p. 258) 12. Gender 

(p. 258) 12. Gender
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(p. 258) 12. Gender
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Clare Chambers

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780199680436.003.0013
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date: 03 December 2020

This chapter examines the main themes of feminism and the role that feminism plays in political theory. Much progress has been made towards sex equality, but there is still a long way to go. The chapter first considers the three theses that all feminists support, in one form or another: the entrenchment of gender, the existence of patriarchy, and the need for change. It then discusses the role of family life, the distinction between sex and gender, feminism and liberalism, and the relevance of sex and violence to feminism. A case study on pornography is presented, along with Key Thinkers boxes featuring Andrea Dworkin and Catharine A. MacKinnon.

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