Patricia Lengermann's Feminist Theory

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5. The feminist theory is a wide-range of ideas centered from a woman perspective. Within this theory, there are many different spin offs. To begin the liberal feminist, focuses on gender differences and gender inequality. Specifically, how men benefit more in society than women. This theory keys in o the differences that are so evident in society. Gaining a lot of momentum in the 1960’s, this theory sees the inequality as a result from patriarchal and sexists patterns within institutions. Specifically, In Patricia Lengermann’s chapter she claims a lot of this inequality established from injustice in labor, but it is also seen in other institutions of society like marriage, households, and government. Therefore, this theory called for change in law and custom to allow women to have their deserving equality in society. They see change for equality by the use of the state. Specifically, according to Lengermann, they fight change for equal educational and economic opportunities, and eliminate the sexist message in many public and private institutions. Another big element is liberal feminist believe inequalities between men and women are socially constructed. Although liberal feminist seek change through policy, they are often criticized of being overly optimistic. It also misses the fact that there deep structural causes to women oppression, and laws can’t always just fix these problems. Some will also argue the theory benefits white women more than any other racial group.

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