Feminism : A Social, Political, And Economic Equality Of The Sex
The authors have a differing approach toward the definition of feminism. In “You’re a Hardcore Feminist. I swear.” by Jillian Valenti, Valenti defines feminism by extracting an actual dictionary definition. Valenti’s feminism is the “Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sex”, followed by “the movement organized around this belief”, in other words, the movement toward the social and economic equality of men and women.
In “Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression”, bell hooks defines feminism in the very title. Throughout the reading, hooks continuously stresses the importance of intersectionality, and the feminist movement not just making women equal to men. Hooks defines feminism as a movement toward the dismantling of the patriarchy and focusing on the reality of all women, not just white, middle-class women. Hooks also emphasizes the need for feminism to focus on women who are most vulnerable and most negatively affected by capitalism and class structure.
In “Unpacking Transphobia in Feminism”, Emma Allen indirectly defines feminism as needing to be inclusionary for trans people, especially trans women, people of color, and people of lower class, and working toward destroying the systems that reinforce the different forms of oppression. Emma Allen especially focuses on eradicating transmisogyny, or the discrimination toward trans women and femmes, particularly in radical feminist spaces.
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