A feminist I: reflections from academia by Christine Overall

By Christine Overall

Our universities are the locus of ongoing debates over the politics of gender, of sophistication, of drawback and disability—and over the difficulty of "political correctness." In A Feminist I Christine total deals wide-ranging reflections from a first-person viewpoint on those matters, and at the politics of the fashionable collage itself. In doing so she consistently returns to underlying epistemological issues. What are our assumptions concerning the ways that wisdom is developed? To what measure are our perceptions formed through our social roles and identities? some time past iteration feminists have led the way in which in recognising the significance of such questions, and recognising too the ways that own event should be a useful reference element in educational idea and perform. yet reliance on own event is fraught with difficulties; how is one to house tensions among the autobiographical and the analytic? This ebook issues find out how to resolving a few of these tensions, and to fruitfully maintaining others. it's a booklet of substantial perception, hot humanity, and actual value.

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3 I discuss "horizontal hostility" and internalized oppression at greater length in Chapter 3. Page 46 for example, I've been accused by other feminists of being politically incorrect in my thinking, writing, or political behaviour. But I've also been accused, by a woman who complained of feeling afraid of people like me, of using the charge of political incorrectness myself, to squelch genuine and important views and in particular to curtail "compassion and justice for men" (Friedman 1990, 26).

Does my working-class upbringing compensate for the privileges I enjoy as a white woman? Of course notbut I still experience role muddles over the problem of how and to what extent I can and should disaffiliate, to use Frye's term (1983, 126127), from all the various forms of my privilege. My role muddles in these instances are concerned with questions about whether and how, with all of my privileges, I can still be a genuine, and genuinely moral, feminist academic. An Epistemological Paradox in Feminism It might be suggested that my role muddles arise largely from the fact that there are many versions of feminism (Alcoff 1988, Delmar 1986, Offen 1988, Snitow 1990), so that a self-identified feminist may feel discomfort in confrontations with its different public manifestations.

I also acknowledge with gratitude the women who gave the paper from which this chapter developed an encouraging reception, in particular those who were present at the 1991 meeting of the Canadian Women's Studies Association, and the reviewers for Criaw's Feminist Perspectives Series. L. Barney Dews and Carolyn Leste Law (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1995): 20920. An earlier version of Chapter 6, "Feeling Fraudulent," was published under the title "Feeling Fraudulent: Some Moral Quandaries of a Feminist Instructor," in Educational Theory 47, No.

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