Classification, the placing of things in their proper categories so we can relate specifics in life back to a complete picture of life, is one of our most fundamental and challenging intellectual tasks in thinking well. It is made even more difficult by the fact that there is often no one way to classify most truth. In this course experience, the issue of “feminism” is addressed and the difficulties of classifying the issue are front and center. Various types of feminism are currently quite vocal on most college campuses and in our media. It is an issue that needs your careful thought and study.
British suffragist and journalist Rebecca West famously said, “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.” Women have always sought a voice in society and culture. But what that voice is saying and asking for is a varied and at times confusing thing. Not everyone classifies themselves as a feminist, but those who do still have to answer the fundamental question, “what kind of feminist are you?”
In the following sessions feminism is divided into some specific classifications. Not everyone will agree on how many different types there are or what they are called. Studying each will allow you to think freely about which group you are a part of, if any. Each type is presented by one of their own advocates. The following video provides a good basic overview of feminist types to start our study.