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Review: Oppression and Resistance: Frye's Politics of Reality: The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory by Marilyn Frye

Reviewed Work: The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory by Marilyn Frye
Review by: Claudia Card
Hypatia
Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring, 1986), pp. 149-166
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http:/stable/3810067
Page Count: 18
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Oppression and Resistance: Frye's Politics of Reality
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Abstract

Marilyn Frye's first book, The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory, presents nine philosophical lectures: four on women's subordination, four on resistance and rebellion, one on revolution. Its approach combines a lesbian perspective with analytical philosophy of language. The major contributions of the book are its analysis of oppression, highly suggestive discussions of the roles of attention in knowledge and ignorance and in arrogance and love, a defense of political separatism not based on female supremacism, and a development of the idea of lesbian epistemology. Its proposal for resisting White racism will be controversial. Its treatment of gay rights is not balanced by an acknowledgement that drag queens, like "totaled women," are products of oppression, not simply of intolerance. The most philosophically problematic aspect of the book is its analysis of coercion and of the roles of coercion in women's subordination. This creates an unresolved tension with the positive message of the second half of the book. Despite this difficulty, these essays are an outstanding contribution to contemporary feminist theory.

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