QotD: “feminism does not assume that anyone’s culture, including their own, is valid”

Feminism, however, questions the cultural validity of subordinating women to men anywhere. Feminism does not assume that “other” cultures are to be measured against the validity of their own, because feminism does not assume that anyone’s culture, including their own, is valid. How could we? Defenses of local differences, as they are called, are often simply a defense of male power in its local guise. Male power virtually always appears in local guises; one might hazard that there are nothing but local guises for male power. The fact that they are local does not improve them.

Mackinnon, C.A., 2000, “Points Against Postmodernism”, Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol.75, No. 3, pp.687-712

(found at the Colour of Pomegranates)

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