Ecriture Feminine

Introduced by Helene Cixous in her essay, The Laugh of the Medusa, ecriture feminine refers to a uniquely feminine style of writing characterised by disruptions in the text, such as gaps, silences, puns, new images and so on. It is eccentric, incomprehensible and inconsistent, and the difficulty to  understand it is attributed to centuries of… Read More Ecriture Feminine

The Influence of Poststructuralism on Feminism

With the arrival of Poststructuralism on the critical scene, Feminism emerged as more eclectic and expanded its horizons to merge into the realms of other contemporary theories, thus giving rise to a plethora of rampant and dynamically developing areas such as cyberfeminism, ecofeminism, postcolonial, black feminism/womanism, cultural/radical feminism, liberal feminisms, materialist/neo-marxist feminism and so on.… Read More The Influence of Poststructuralism on Feminism

Kate Millett’s Sexual Politics

Kate Millett was the first notable feminist after Simone de Beauvoir to address the construction of woman within male writing. According to Millett, the man-woman relationship is deeply embedded in power structures with political implications – thus she derived the term “sexual politics”. Sexual Politics (1970), an important document of the second wave feminism, argues… Read More Kate Millett’s Sexual Politics

The Feminist Dictum “the Personal is the Political”

A frequently heard feminist rallying cry, especially during the late 1960s and 1970s,  and a central doctrine of the second-wave feminists, who used its underlying meaning in their writings, speeches, consciousness-rising, and other other activities, the concept “the personal is the political’ is believed to have originated from Carol Hanisch‘s 1970 essay titled The personal is… Read More The Feminist Dictum “the Personal is the Political”

Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

In her highly influential critical A Room of Ones Own (1929), Virginial Woolf studied the cultural, economical and educational disabilities within the patriarchal system that prevent women from realising their creative potential. With her imaginary character Judith (Shakespeare’s fictional sister), she illustrated that a woman with Shakespeare’s faculties would have been denied the opportunities that… Read More Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

Mary Wollstonecraft’s Contribution to Feminism

The 18th century British writer Mary Wollstonecraft‘s advocacy of women’s equality and critiques of conventional feminity have been significant in the development of feminism. Influenced by European Enlightenment, Mary Wollstonecraft’s seminal work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) questioned the socialising process in the subordination of women. Being one of the pioneers who… Read More Mary Wollstonecraft’s Contribution to Feminism