By Ann Brooks
As soon as obvious as synonymous with "anti-feminism" postfeminism i now understood because the theoretical assembly floor among feminism and anti-foundationalist events comparable to postmodernism, post-structuralism and post-colonialsm. during this transparent exposition of a few of the most important debates, theorists and practitioners, Ann Brooks indicates how feminism is being redefined for the 21st century. person chapters examine postfeminism relating to feminist epistemology, Foucault, psychoanalytic thought and semiology postmodernism and postcolonialism, cultural politics, pop culture, movie and media, and sexuality and id For all scholars searching for assistance throughout the occasionally murky waters of latest feminist concept, this booklet wil offer a reassuring first port of name.
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There are different branches of feminist thinking within this broad epistemological model, including radical feminists, cultural feminists and French feminist deconstructivists. Radical feminists claim that true knowledge is intuitive and female, and that ‘reason’ or rationality is simply an ideological weapon that men use against women. Cultural feminists have taken the argument 32 TH E FEMINIST E PI STEMOLOGICAL PROJECT further in juxtaposing the masculine and culture, to feminine and nature.
Halberg (1992) agrees, in maintaining that there is no feasible way of grounding a feminist epistemology within the boundaries of a ‘feminist standpoint’. Halberg argues that feminist standpoint epistemology, through its privileging of ‘multiple experiences’, leads to a highly relativist view of knowledge. From this perspective, the existence of various, sometimes contradictory, women’s standpoints means that there is no possible way of deciding between them. The logic of ‘feminist standpoint epistemology’, as Harding (1991) argues, was to interrogate the ‘male’ subject of knowledge and to replace it with a different knowing subject.
The ‘subject’ is no longer a fixed entity, a manifestation of ‘essence’ but ‘a “subject-in process” never unitary, never complete’ (Marshall 1994:108). This anti-essentialist position culminates, as Fraser (1992:66) contends, in a postfeminist stance where a 21 DIVERSITY AND DIFFERENCE conception of a collective feminist identity may be perceived as totalitarian and dangerous. Michel Foucault’s deconstructive approach to the ‘subject’ has been influential for many feminists and feminist poststructuralists.