“Logocentrism” in Feminist Kinship Studies

“Logocentrism”, part of “radical” feminist newspeak, is used pejoratively to refer to the supposedly excessive reliance upon the spoken and written word, which, also supposedly, pertains to men. Women, by contrast, and again supposedly, prefer more nuanced and more profound forms of expression and communication which generally go by the name “intuition”. There are at least two paradoxes here—that such a formulation, meant to extol women, also puts them well within the sphere of Victorian notions of femininity; and that, if true, we should expect very little feminist literature or lectures. Women’s Studies programs, by contrast, would continue to flourish,…

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