On Women, Law and Liberal Feminism

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On Women, Law and Liberal Feminism

by Stephania Elis Karasamani

This article seeks to evaluate the pertinence of liberal feminism as the best normative approach with which to criticise and consequently lead to the modification of the law. Liberal feminism, along with other feminist theories like the radical or dominance theory, the anti-essentialist or postmodern theory and cultural or the ethics of care theory, have emerged as subtle acts of defiance against the law which is, at large, made by and for men. An analysis of liberal feminism and its constitutive aspects, including the focus on the notions of individualism, gender neutrality and the public/private dichotomy, deem the theory inadequate to fulfil feminism’s purpose—to make the lives of women better.

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