The Feminist Theory Essays

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Feminists rely chiefly on the contention that the traditional analysis of world politics is fundamentally gendered. Gender-sensitive analysis begins with the premise that societal institutions are made by humans and are therefore changeable by humans. Feminists systematically deconstruct the notions traditionally held by realists and taken for granted as how the world works. Gender-sensitive analysis takes many factors into consideration that the realist does not. As history dictates, the world, both in the domestic and international scenes, has been predominantly ruled by men. Women have historically been almost entirely excluded from policy-making positions throughout the world. Until recently there have been almost no women…show more content…
Through gendered analysis, i.e. without taking into consideration those qualities we have come to categorize as 'feminine', traditional realist theory has ignored what may well be a fundamental aspect of human nature. Feminist theory questions the traditional Waltzian levels of analysis. They contend that the individual, the state and the international system are arbitrarily determined and are not discrete levels of analysis. They hold that they are, in fact, "mutually reinforcing constructs, each based on behaviors associated with hegemonic masculinity" (Tickner, 131). Feminists attack what some have termed "economic man" and "political man". These figures, constructed out of masculine characteristics, have been defined by autonomy, independence, power-over relations, and an instrumental notion of reality (Tickner, 131). These constructs have become an integral part of the traditional analysis of world politics. Feminists attempt to deconstruct these (traditionally) highly valued notions by contending that there are other human characteristics, such as the desire for community, interdependence, and cooperation that define human nature as much as the traditional. Some feminists argue that male-dominated foreign policy making marginalizes the importance of individuals and their families "in the name of an abstract conception of the 'national interest'" (True, 121). Christine Sylvester specifically

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