Feminist Theory = Call to Action
As a subset of critical theory, a feminist lens can be used as a framework for research to critique institutions, culture, art, literature and more, in order to initiate change. It allows us to bring the discussions out of the think tanks and ivory towers and into policy and praxis.
Here are three ways that feminist theory can inspire action*:
- It values and centers women’s lived experience and perspectives
- It acknowledges that the personal is political
- It explores structures and existing conditions in order to reveal truth
Types of Feminisms
Feminism is best understood in the plural as feminist scholars have expanded their research into multiple philosophical vantage points points the 1970’s. These diverse feminisms focus on different things, yet they maintain a shared concern about the exclusion of women in society and a commitment to identify and eradicate oppressive systems of power.
Topic of interest include issues of gender stratification and equality, choice and sexual violence and freedom.
A few examples of feminisms include:
- Black & Womanist