Analysis Of Radical Feminism

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Introduction:
As written by Bell Hooks (2000:1) “Simply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression”, this essay contains a few on my views on feminism and a summary of radical feminism and borders or boundaries that challenge feminism as explained in the textbook in chapter 1: pages 21-25 and chapter 2: pages 48-57 respectively.

Radical Feminism: Defining Radical Feminism.
The author Nancy Mandell starts by trying to put a face and a form of familiarity to radical feminism as seen in a part of the first sentence which goes “Have you ever wondered when women started to ‘Take Back the Night’, Although no straight cut definition is provided by Mandell in this topic she passes across the message and explains
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s are attributed with the rise of radical feminism, groups such as the Red Stockings, the Furies, the New Feminists of Toronto and many more usually held what is known as Consciousness-Raising (CR) where women came together to share stories of several issues such as sexists oppression and…show more content…
Sex oppression was seen by earlier radical feminists as the first oppression women faced and all other aspects of oppression or repression were derived afterwards. Sex oppression as referred to by radical feminists is based on relations of domination and subordination between both sexes (Mandell, 2010). Radical Feminists identity the state, the family and motherhood as the three main areas where women are most affected. Radical feminists focus on everyday lives of women as opposed to liberal feminists who focus on women rights as a function of individual rights and laws. Patriarchy is believed by radical feminists is constituted on every arm of social institutions and it is also reconstructed on a global scale in daily relations, and in order for women to rid themselves of patriarchy they must resist the system. (Daly, 1978: 28; Donovan, 2000: 156; Mandell, 2010: 22). According to radical feminists the state is built and founded on male interests, and leaving the interest and liberation of women to the state will only result in women being disrespected, violated and raped by the patriarchal order. It is believed by radical feminists that state authority is an extension of male authority over women’s sexuality and even though the state preaches
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