Feminism Final Exam : Feminist Theory

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Alonia Lewis Prof Barnes Feminism Final Exam May 4, 2016 In feminist theory there are two ways to study and research epistemology. There is the Essentialist (standpoint) theory and there is the Social constructivist (post structuralist). The essentialist epistemology is to view certain roles as being the way they are because that is the way that nature has intended it to be. While the post structuralist standpoint is viewing knowledge as if it is all man made. It is to say that everything is nurture and there is nothing outside of what we construct socially as human beings. The debate over the methods that knowledge is produced, many times creates controversial conversation about race and gender. The argument is whether we only see the differences of races and gender because we are socially constructed to under a patriarchal white dominated society. Or, if human beings are naturally different because of race and gender, and that difference has been exploited. In the Feminist theory reader, feminist theorists like Lice Irigaray, Lucille Clifton, and Patricia Collins create conversation about epistemology based on the topics of difference in gender, race, and sexuality by explaining their contribution to women’s experiences. One of the most prevalent arguments in feminist discourse is over gender theory. Feminists believe that gender is socially constructed and outside of nurture all people are the same. The difference and inferiority of women only exists under the
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