By Diana Hsieh
How should the feminist movement be judged? Do today's feminist causes have any merit? Or is the feminist movement merely seeking special favors for women at the expense of men – perhaps even via violations of the rights of men? If the movement is mixed, how should it be judged, overall? Should better feminists eschew the movement due to its flaws – or attempt to change it from within? Can advocates of reason, egoism, and capitalism ally themselves with selected feminist causes without promoting the worse elements thereof?
My Answer, In Brief: Despite its many problems, feminism has been a major force for political, economic, and social change for the better. Today, just as with any other ideologically mixed movement, alliances with feminists should be made in a careful and ad-hoc way.
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Tags: Activism, Culture, Feminism, History, Law, Politics, Politics, Rights, Sexism
- The Legal Status of Women, 1776-1830
- The Feminist Papers: From Adams to de Beauvoir, edited by Alice Rossi
- Philosophy in Action: The Wrong of Anti-Discrimination Laws
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