KIN 249: Critical and Critital Feminist Theories

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Weaknesses of Critical Feminist

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However, as with critical theories, critical feminist theories are hard to pin down, they often overstate the value and importance of violating norms, and may be difficult to apply given the current cultural ideologies and power relations of modern American society. In addition, some critical feminist theory does not acknowledge that there are important linkages between gender, race, disability, and class. For example, if a critical feminist theorists argues that all women are affected by images of women in the media, she would be ignoring that different groups of women might feel very differently about these representations depending on their race, class, or disability. We should remember that "women" is not a good category - neither is "men" for that matter - because within that category are many other differences that should be acknowledged.