By Nancy Arden McHugh

Feminist Philosophies A-Z covers modern fabric in a couple of feminist ways. It illustrates the complexity, variety and interconnectedness of matters in feminist philosophy whereas making transparent the connection of feminist philosophy to the remainder of philosophy as a self-discipline (epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, social philosophy and metaphysics). Entries are pithy, special, informative and are cross-referenced to lead the reader in the course of the vigorous debates in feminism.

This quantity is an integral source for philosophers, scholars, and Women's stories schools in addition to someone with an curiosity in feminist philosophy.

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In contrast, the loving eye does not subsume the other under her reality. It recognises the separateness and independence of the one loved. The loving eye is attentive, listening and questioning (75). Frye questions what it would mean not to be moulded by the arrogant eye, but to be seen through the loving eye. She argues that through the loving eye woman can begin to interpret her own experience and world outside of the vision of patriarchy. Frye’s essay ‘Oppression’ in The Politics of Reality (1983) develops her now well-known analogy of the birdcage to describe the experience of oppression.

For example, she points to prevailing dualisms in western philosophy as a source of conceptual and practical domination. Man/woman, culture/nature, mind/body, reason/emotion exist as hierarchical dualisms in western thought with man, culture, mind and reason having higher value than women, nature, body and emotion. This conceptual dualism leads to the practical outcome of the valued half of the dualism having ‘power over’ the devalued half and thus the ‘twin’ domination of women and nature (2000).

For example, France colonised Vietnam, used its people and resources, appropriated its ways of life and then structured Vietnamese life to model French culture through modelling French architecture, city and government structures, adopting Catholicism, the French language and French food, while at the same time exoticising and othering the Vietnamese. See decolonisation; other/othering; Third World feminism Compulsory heterosexuality: the practice of constructing heterosexual behaviour as the social norm and the only legitimate way of being.

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