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Feminisms and the grounds of division
by Lucy Delap
About this EXP
Lucy Delap, historian at the University of Cambridge and fellow of Murray Edwards College, explores who feminism is for.
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Key point 1
It’s one of the ironies of the feminist movement that it asked for inclusion in many different ways but sometimes practised its own forms of exclusion.
Key point 2
Sexuality proved to be a very painful ground of division. We can also see profound divisions around race and class within the movement.
Key point 3
The problem of universalism and trying to speak for all women within feminist movements has led to some rejecting the term.
Key point 4
Feminism cannot succeed unless it addresses men and finds ways for men to respond to criticism and change their behaviour.
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