Line Drawings: Defining Women through Feminist Practice

Line Drawings: Defining Women through Feminist Practice

Line Drawings: Defining Women through Feminist Practice

Line Drawings: Defining Women through Feminist Practice

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This book stands at the confluence of several trends in feminist theory and my own experience of political organizing and feminist practice. It also reflects an ambivalent relationship with the activity of philosophizing, an activity that is now my profession. For several years I have been thinking and writing about what it means and might mean to be a feminist in the context of doing philosophy and politics. Like many other radical scholars, I hope to see social justice enacted in the most tangible ways; however, I find that I am constandy pulled back against my will (I think!) to philosophical questions that immediately abstract (and dissociate) from the concrete. At first I thought this was because philosophy and activism had nothing in common, that I was naively looking in quite the wrong place if I wanted to find pragmatism in this most abstruse of academic disciplines. Like many women graduate students, I considered quitting to go out into the "real world." But somehow my questions would not go away, and imperfect though the...

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