Inessential Woman: Problems of Exclusion in Feminist Thought

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Beacon Press, 1988 - Social Science - 221 pages
Throughout history, Western philosophers have buried women's characters under the category of "men's nature." Feminist theorists, responding to this exclusion, have often been guilty of this exlcusion as well - focusing only on white, middle-class women and treating others as inessential. Inessential Woman is an eloquent argument against white, middle-class bias in feminist theory. It warns against trying to seperate feminist thinking and politics from issues of race and class, and challenges the assumption of homogeneity that underlies much of feminist thought.
 

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Spelman (philosophy, Smith) has developed a closely written, detailed, and (regrettably) repetitive treatise criticizing many feminist writers for their failure to transcend what she calls "the legacy ... Read full review

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Elizabeth V. Spelman, Inessential Woman1988

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Contents

Introduction
1
Hairy Cobblers and PhilosopherQueens
19
Whos Who in the Polis
37
Simone de Beauvoir and Women Just Who Does She Think We Is?
57
Gender in the Context of Race and Class Notes on Chodorows Reproduction of Mothering
80
Gender Race The Ampersand Problem in Feminist Thought
114
Woman The One and the Many
133
Now You See Her Now You Dont
160
Notes
189
Index
215
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Elizabeth V. Spelman is professor of philosophy at Smith College and author of Inessential Woman and Fruits of Sorrow. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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