Feminist theory. Feminist theory is the extension of feminism into theoretical , or philosophical discourse , it aims to understand the nature of gender inequality . .
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Feministtheoryistheextension of feminismintotheoretical, orphilosophicaldiscourse, itaimstounderstandthenature of gender inequality.
It examines women'ssocial roles and livedexperience, and feministpolitics in a variety of fields, such as anthropology and sociology, communication, psychoanalysis, economics, literary criticism, education, and philosophy.
Feminist criticism is concerned with the ways in which literature (and other cultural productions) reinforce or undermine the economic, political, social, and psychological oppression of women. This school of theory looks at how aspects of our culture are inherently patriarchal (male dominated) and this critique strives to expose the explicit and implicit misogyny in male writing about women.
Feministtheorieshave emerged as early as 1792 (– 1920s) in suchpublications as “TheChangingWoman”,“Ain’t I a Woman”,“SpeechafterArrestforIllegalVoting”,and so on. Thisbooksaddressedtheissuessurroundinglimitedrightstowomenbasedontheflawedperceptionsthatmenheld of women
Whilegenerallyproviding a critique of socialrelations, much of feministtheoryalsofocusesonanalyzinggender inequality and thepromotion of women's rights, interests, and issues.
Themesexplored in feminismincludeart history and (especiallysexual objectification), oppression, and patriarchy.
-The objectives of the criticism are: To uncover and develop a female tradition of writing to interpret symbolism of women’s writing so that it will be lost or ignored by the male point of view. rediscover old texts analyze women writers and their writing’s from a female perspective to evade sexism in literature to increase awareness of the sexual politics of language and style.
Common Space in Feminist TheoriesThough a number of different approaches exist in feminist criticism, there exist some areas of commonality.
Women are oppressed by patriarchy economically, politically, socially, and psychologically; patriarchal ideology is the primary means by which they are kept so
In every domain where patriarchy reigns, woman is other: she is marginalized, defined only by her difference from male norms and values
All feminist activity, including feminist theory and literary criticism, has as its ultimate goal to change the world by prompting gender equality