Feminist Alliances (Value Inquiry Book Series 175) by Lynda Burns

By Lynda Burns

This booklet is ready feminism, its critics, and its attainable instructions for swap. The 9 chapters bring up questions about theories of sexual distinction, strength, justice and heritage. A significant subject issues the clients for combining feminist with different, non-feminist, political views.

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They are unsympathetic to what they judge to be either worrisome trends or outmoded elements dominant within contemporary feminism. Such disgruntled insiders either represent themselves as the old, or the new guard. While frequently some generational element in these positions exists, not all the representatives of the “new” are younger than those representing the supposed “old” traditions of feminism. Both groups draw upon assumptions concerning what feminism has been, and is now, and upon conceptions of what it “really is” or ought to be.

Sommers was also “one of five mostly conservative new appointees” appointed by then Secretary of Education, Lamar Alexander, to an advisory panel providing “oversight” to college accrediting groups that had been irritating the Education Secretary by asking colleges and universities embarrassing questions about such topics as their recruitment and retention of students and faculty of color. 53 I realized that the furor over so-called political correctness in the United States reflected a similar controversy over education under Conservative governments in Britain in the 1980s, although the main arena of political conflict in Britain was the inner city schools instead of the universities.

In the middle 1980s, these educational reforms became objects of ferocious attack by a group of intellectuals closely associated with the ruling Conservative Party. Two prominent philosophers, Roger Scruton and Anthony Flew, led the group. ” In the late-1980s, the Sun, the Daily Mail and the Mail On Sunday ran a seemingly endless series of antianti-racist stories. They alleged, for instance, that left-wing London Education authorities had banned the nursery rhyme, “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” along with black garbage bags, and all references to black coffee in staff canteens.

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