Rational Woman

Rational Woman : A Feminist Critique of Dichotomy

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To feminists and some postmodernists reason/emotion and man/woman represent two fundamental polarities, fixed deep within Western philosophy and reflected in the structures of our languages, and two sets of hierarchical power relations in patriarchal society. Raia Prokhovnik challenges the tradition of dualism and argues that rational woman need no longer be a contradiction in terms. Prokhovnik examines in turn: * the nature of dichotomy, its problems and an alternative * the reason/emotion dichotomy * dichotomies central to the man/woman dualism, such as sex/gender and the heterosexual/ist norm
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 18mm | 320g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138874337
  • 9781138874336
  • 2,347,052

Table of contents

Preface Introduction Chapter 1 Dichotomy: From the Dichotomous Either / Or to the Relational Both-And 1) The Features of dichotomy 2) Problems with dichotomy 3) An alternative to dichotomy Chapter 2 Reason and Emotion 1) The links between reason and emotion in theorising 2) The social construction of emotion Chapter 3 Sex and Gender: Beyond the sex / gender dichotomy to corporeal subjectivity 1)The six stages of the recent history of sex and gender 2) The critique of sex and gender 3) Towards 'corporeal subjectivity' Chapter 4 Conclusion: The third wave - the future of feminism Bibliography Index
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