Post-Modern Feminist Philosophy

Post-modern Feminist Philosophy

If feminists wish to attain their goal of changing the status of women in society, it is important that they work towards changing the very manner in which language is currently constructed and used. This is the central point that Robert Baker makes in his article titled "Pricks" & "Chicks": A Plea for "Persons." Baker begins his argument by aptly pointing out that the words used to identify something reflect an underlying philosophy. Thus, when southerners frequently use words such as 'girl' and 'boy' when referring to adult Afro-Americans, the words are, in fact, reflective of a view that adult Afro-Americans are immature and unable to take care of ...

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significant that society identifies women and men sexually. Consider, for instance, the way proper nouns and personal pronouns reflect the sex of the person. Consider also a most striking aspect of the conceptual discrimination of the two sexes as manifested in the fact that while the word 'man' can be substituted for humanity or mankind in any sentence without changing its meaning; significantly the word 'woman' cannot.

Baker further points out that even when it comes to interchangeable terms for the word 'woman,' the most frequently used terms of identification by males such as 'bird,' 'doll,' or 'pussy,' reflect a conception of a woman as a mindless plaything, a domesticated pet or servant, or in terms of those parts of the female anatomy associated with sexual intercourse. Leading from this, it is again evident that the current identification of 'woman' in language is indicative of male chauvinism and antithetical to the feminist goal of breaking the oppression of ...

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granted to men.

For any feminist movement to succeed in getting society to recognize women as being as important as men, it is important that it possess a feminist philosophy and an agenda with which it works. Currently, however, it appears that the feminist movement is still struggling to resolve certain basic questions such as the very definition of what constitutes a woman. As Luce Irigaray so aptly observes in Questions, the answer is difficult in so much that any attempt is invariably one where the definition becomes the inverse, the negative, or the complement of the definition of a man.

Irigaray, in her search for a solution to the problem, propounds the argument that, ...

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