Feminist Theory: A Critique of Ideology

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A crucial task for feminst scholars, wrote Michelle Rosaldo over two years ago in Signs, emerges, then, not as the relatively limited one of documenting pervasive sexism as a social fact-or showing how we can now hope to change or have in the past been able to survive it. Instead, it seems that we are challenged to provide new ways of linking the particulars of women's lives, activities, and goals to inequalities wherever they exist. Feminist Theory: A Critique of Ideology meets that challenge. Collected from several issues of Signs-Journal of Women in Culture and Society, these essays explore the relationships between objectivity and masculinity, between psychology and political theory, and between family and state. In pursuing these critical explorations, the contributors-liberal, Marxist, socialist, and radical feminists-examine the foundations of power, of sexuality, of language, and of scientific thought.