From Publishers Weekly
Much of mainstream feminism focuses on white, middle-class women. Spelman, in what PW termed "a brilliant, scholarly rethinking of feminist thought," traces the roots of this tendency to ignore the interplay of racial, class, cultural and ethnic differences among oppressed women.
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From Library Journal
Spelman (philosophy, Smith) has developed a closely written, detailed, and (regrettably) repetitive treatise criticizing many feminist writers for their failure to transcend what she calls "the legacy of western philosophy": Whereas Aristotle and Plato denied the essential sameness among all humans, she says, these writers insist on an essential sameness among women, which results in denial of important differences, generalizes from the white, middle-class-American experience, and neglects to adequately acknowledge that of minority and Third World women. Taking examples from writers as diverse as Mary Daly, Shulamith Firestone, and Simone de Beauvior, Spelman accuses feminists of insisting that sexism affects all women alike--a statement sure to elicit controversy. For academic collections.- Beverly Miller, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id.
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