Lesson 3 –Theory . Feminism . By the end of this lesson, you will be able to . Identify and define the main types of feminist theory, Identify and define the similarities and differences between feminist theories, Apply and evaluate the strengths and limitations of feminist theories.
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In 1928, all women aged over 21 were given the right to vote - and many suffrage groups disbanded. However, this did not mean that women stopped writing and campaigning for change. During the 1960s, a new, second-wave of feminism began to gain momentum in Britain - influenced by three key social events:
+ Very optimistic view
+ Their work helped to demonstrate that gender differences are not inborn, but are cultural
Use the handout on the sex discrimination and equal pay act.
1. What are the terms of the Sex Discrimination Act (1975)?
2.What are the terms of the Equal Pay Act (1970)?
3.What are the exceptions to these laws?
4.How might gender equality be improved if the 2008 Equality Bill is brought into law?
+ draw attention to the political dimension of areas such as marriage, rape & pornography
+ greater understanding of the importance of structural factors than liberal feminism.
+ shows how two systems interact and structure one another.
- Patriarchy is not actually a system in the same sense as capitalism. Patriarchy is merely a descriptive term for a range of practices such as male violence and control of women’s labour.