By Karen Offen
This bold e-book explores demanding situations to male hegemony all through continental Europe. It focuses particularly on France, however it additionally deals comparative fabric on advancements within the German-speaking nations and within the smaller eu countries and aspiring geographical regions. Spanning 250 years, the sweeping insurance extends from Portugal to Poland, Greece to Finland, eire to Ukraine, and Spain to Scandinavia―as good as overseas and transnational feminist organizations.
The examine has a number of targets. For basic readers and people basically within the old list, it presents a finished, comparative account of feminist advancements in ecu societies, in addition to a rereading of ecu heritage from a feminist standpoint. via putting gender, or kinfolk among men and women, on the middle of ecu politics, the place the writer argues that it belongs yet from which it has lengthy been marginalized, the e-book goals to reconfigure our figuring out of the eu earlier and to make seen an extended yet ignored culture of feminist proposal and politics.
On one other point, via delivering a huge and exact historic research, the ebook seeks to disentangle a few misperceptions and to demystify a few complicated modern debates concerning the Enlightenment, cause, nature, equality vs. distinction, and public vs. deepest, between others. the writer argues that ancient feminisms provide us way over logical paradoxes and contradictions; feminisms are approximately sexual politics, no longer philosophy. Feminist victories aren't, strictly talking, approximately getting the argument correct, neither is gender only “a valuable class of analysis”; sexual distinction lies on the middle of human inspiration and politics.