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By Kelly Oliver, Lisa Walsh

Have we entered a old second of "post-feminism?" This quantity provides a well timed and convincing "no." those essays exhibit that there's a new new release of French ladies who soak up questions of equality and distinction from a place certain from both first or moment wave feminism, a place that frequently makes an attempt to maneuver past the binary of equality and/or distinction to a brand new kind of the person.

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The discrepancy between theory and practice results principally from the negation of sexual difference. Certain progressive historians, angered by the irrationality and the injustice of exclusion maintain that the rights of Man = the rights of man and of woman. They maintain that the citizen, mentioned in all these sacred texts, is also the woman citizen, but that the circumstances and the state of society have not allowed women to affirm themselves the equals of men. This is nonsense. In rereading the texts it is clear that the citizen is masculine.

It is a politics whose truth is being continually created and which undermines the age-old network of the workings of sexism without identifying a unique cause for it. Deconstruction does not substitute one construction for another on the basis of new foundations, as a revolution completed in a moment would claim to do. Beginning with the ancient ‘two’ which preserves the uniqueness of the One in order better to position the other as Other to the One, deconstruction strengthens the other in order to transform alienation to otherness, at the same time disseminating this otherness.

Humans are very imaginative in front of the sexes. The very multiplicity of these versions of difference indicates that they are the fruit of original creations. Consequently, one must not confuse reference to the natural reality of the sexes with submission to a natural order. Nature inspires us, but the abundance of symbolic forms and social structures of the duality of kinds demonstrates a diversity of translations we’d have to call free, since no one translation is any more accurate than another.

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