The truth behind Postmodern Feminism

by B.Matthews on March 10, 2017 - 10:14am

Postmodern feminism is the advancement to feminist conjecture that incorporates postmodern and post-structuralism theory while distinguishing itself from all modernist views and radical feminists. Postmodernism is a concept from the arts dating back to the late 20th century. It represents a movement from modernism that is illustrated through ideologies and the constituting problems relating to the "arts". Do Postmodern Feminists believe in diversity and equality of rights?

The ideas of Foucault, de Beauvoir, Derrida and Lacan derive from the theory of postmodern feminists, distinguishing the differences between these theories; we can conclude that they share common knowledge. Postmodern Feminism is a theory that accepts the equality of all genders, race, and sexuality as a way of reinforcing society roles. According to Simone de Beauvoir, females are viewed as portraying the idea of being the "Other".  Females are criticized as being the weaker gender to society, whereas Males are dominant and are seen as enabling the structure of society. Commonly, individuals who use this term of “Postmodern Feminism” are the ones who may be against the general idea of feminism.  Based on today’s modern society, postmodern feminism illustrates that women’s rights are seen as what they should be and that feminism is no longer needed to support this ideology. Postmodern Feminism is portrayed as being a new ‘century’ for woman considering how far the equality of rights between men and women has come. This leads to new ways of thinking and towards the idea of a radicalized view of postmodern feminism. The idea of a radicalized view can be seen as being the advancement from “old” views of traditional feminism to new ones.

In conclusion, many postmodern feminists, disregard feminism as a theory because emphasizes the cause of diversity. "Post-structural feminism offers a useful philosophy for diversity in feminism because of its acceptance of multiple truths and rejection of essentialism." (p. 19, Olson). To respond to my critical question, postmodern feminism highlights individuality and stresses the importance of diversity.  Postmodernism exemplifies no universal solution, suggesting that this way of thinking is more theoretical than realistic. If this theory can’t be practice, then how can I be changed?


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I'm Brianne, this is my final semester at Champlain College and I am currently studying social science: education option. On my past time, I enjoy learning musical instruments, and practicing the ones that I currently study.