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“I Am Not a Feminist, but…”: How Feminism Became the F-Word Jan 15 Toril Moi Thesis: Feminist theory and popular feminism need to speak to one another, reintegrate interests and objects of analysis. Feminism vs. Feminist Theory feminism = geared towards changing the status quo o feminists believe in working to create a more just world feminist theory = about asking questions about why things are the way they are o examining abstract concepts and thinking about their connections Moi says that feminism has declined in popularity is bc feminist theorists (like academics) are just talking to each other instead of engaging in the real worl Moi points to a specific theory of feminism, poststructuralism, as the gap between feminism and feminist theory o feminist theory is too focused on postructuralism (and, thus, abstract questions) and doesn’t look at real-life problems Structuralism = views fields of knowledge in terms of whole vs. parts
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  • Spring '13
  • MelissaSanchez
  • Feminism, Feminist theory, Modern Language Association, Toril Moi

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