Feminist Amnesia: The Wake of Women's Liberation by Jean Curthoys

By Jean Curthoys

Feminist Amnesia is a vital problem to modern educational feminism. Jean Curthoys argues that the highbrow decline of collage arts schooling and the lack of a deep ethical dedication in feminism are comparable phenomena. The contradiction arrange by means of the novel rules of the Nineteen Sixties, and institutionalised lifetime of lots of its protagonists within the academy has produced a different form of highbrow distortion. This ebook criticises present traits in feminist concept from the viewpoint of forgotten and allegedly superseded feminist rules. Jean Curthroys exhibit that a lot modern feminist thought, like a lot of modern-day radical concept, is muddled. The 'forgotten' thought of Women's Liberation was once, she argues, deeply oppositional and ethical. The repression of this concept has resulted in distortions, such a lot notabley within the preoccupation with binary oppositions. Jean Curthoys argues that the place Women's Liberation used to be radical, a lot of latest feminist idea hides in the back of obscurantism, and has turn into conservative and orthodox. those debatable rules should be keenly debated by way of all these all in favour of womens's experiences, feminist idea and ethical philosophy.

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But more than that, this second thesis of liberation theory, unlike the general positing of binary oppositions we find by deconstructionists, will turn out to have powerful explanatory force. This is in relation to the way power psychologically deforms people, how these deformities maintain power, and also why they are inherently unstable. This explanation, however, works only in conjunction with another thesis of liberation theory concerning human needs. The third thesis in this reconstruction of liberation theory is that human beings have a fundamental need to be recognised as human by other human beings.

The point is that the worth of human beings is considered to be absolute, unchangeable and not subject to comparison. It is ‘not a matter of degree’. 16 This thesis and its ‘non-measurable’ interpretation of the notion of equality suggests the possibility of a return to humanism which would escape many of the objections to it put by the advocates of ‘difference’. Moreover, such a version of equality is in accord, though not identical, with those found in Locke and Marx, who are respectively the major figures in the founding of the liberal and socialist traditions.

Fanon made it clear in the course of describing his own painful personal evolution why he thought that the illusion of the possession of certain attributes— whether those of white Europeans or the newly rediscovered ones of ‘Negritude’—would ultimately lose its grip. The motive for holding to the illusion, the hope of thereby gaining human respect, he thought, made it a futile strategy which must become apparent as such. A black man could attain all the European culture in the world and he would still be seen as a black man, as ‘lesser’.

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