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By Kelly Oliver, Lisa Walsh

Have we entered a historic second of "post-feminism?" This quantity offers a well timed and convincing "no." those essays exhibit that there's a new iteration of French ladies who take in questions of equality and distinction from a place detailed from both first or moment wave feminism, a place that frequently makes an attempt to maneuver past the binary of equality and/or distinction to a brand new kind of the person.

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Halimi is the co-founder (with Simone de Beauvoir) of Choisir, la cause des femmes (Choice, Women’s Cause). Choisir began as a defence for the signers of the infamous ‘Un Appel de 343 femmes’ (The Call of 343 Women), a full-page ad appearing in Le Nouvel Observateur on 5 April 1971. Signed by 343 well-known women admitting to having had abortions (then illegal in France), the call immediately provoked a national debate on abortion rights—quite a feat since a 1920 law forbade any public discussion on the topic.

Have equal right to all public dignities, places and jobs . ’. All the Constitutions of the Republic establish in forceful terms the principles of equality among citizens and of the unity and indivisibility of the French people. The notion of universalism is rigged up on the scaffolding of equality. However, it would be a mistake to see universalism as a notion applicable to everybody. It is true that the castes, elites, or social and political classes of the ancien régime no longer exist. They have been replaced and their functions taken over by citizens on equal terms.

15. Sabine Prokhoris, Le Sexe prescrit (Paris: Aubier, 2001), 293. 16. The feminist demand of the 1970s for the right to a sex life without pregnancy through contraception and abortion has become a demand for the right to pregnancy without intercourse. Is this a logical development or a perversion of the original demand? 17. Is the possibility for an adopted child to find its birth parents, or at least the mother, an acknowledgement of the importance of biology or of the importance of completing what is known of one’s history with what happened before?

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