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Gender and the politics of timeFeminist theory and contemporary debates$
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Valerie Bryson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347503

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347503.001.0001

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Women and men in feminist political thought

Women and men in feminist political thought

(p.51) Four Women and men in feminist political thought
Gender and the politics of time

Valerie Bryson

Policy Press

This chapter prepares the ground for later discussion by asking how people are to think about ‘women’ and ‘men’ in the light of recent feminist understandings of both differences among women and the precarious and constructed nature of gender identities. Linking its discussion to wider feminist critiques of hierarchical dichotomous thought, the chapter challenges the privileged ‘normality’ of male qualities, interests, and perspectives. It supports the idea of a ‘solidarity in difference’ that recognises temporal differences and divisions as well as commonalities among women, and reaches out to disadvantaged groups of men. The chapter also argues that the situation of the most disadvantaged is likely to provide the best starting point for analysis.

Keywords:   feminism, gender identities, dichotomous thought, male qualities, disadvantaged men

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