The Resilient Masculinity Of Feminist Standpoint Theory Essay

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The Resilient Relevancy of Feminist Standpoint Theory
Nancy Hartstock’s (1983) Feminist Standpoint Theory possesses resilience worth noting. Published in the early 1980’s, it emerged from a volatile intersection of politics and culture and economics, the era of Reagan and Thatcher and The Invasion of Grenada, Reaganomics, the rise of laissez-faire neoliberalism and trickle-down economics, Star Wars SDI Program and the outbreak of AIDS, the failure to pass an Equal Rights Amendment and the Sex Wars. During this time Hartstock turned to a Marxist definition of class and proletarian standpoint theory to fashion a gender-specific political analysis that sought to understand patriarchal power dynamics and impacts from the vantage point of the marginalized subjugated population of women.
One might think that such a theory, conceived a generation ago before the poststructuralist turn, the rise of queer theory and the emergence of the current transgender subjectivity, must be terribly frayed by the passage of years. Yet we can see even now how, decades later, its enduring relevancy. For example, earlier this year in October, an estimated tens of thousands of Poles protested the pending implementation of anti-abortion laws that would have made the termination of pregnancies a criminal offense with possible five-year prison sentences attached to it (Davis 2016). Significantly, thousands of women participated in these “black protests”, calling for a “national absence campaign” or…

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