Why Gender Mainstreaming is Not Enough? A Critique to Sylvia Walby's the Future of Feminism
The Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, Forthcoming
16 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2015 Last revised: 20 Apr 2015
Date Written: March 27, 2015
The present paper represents a detailed analysis of the proposals made by Sylvia Walby in “The Future of Feminism”. The structure of the article follows two main directions, according to Walby’s discourse, respectively feminism outside the state and feminism inside the state/transnational institutions. The first direction will focus on feminist theories and will canvass their present forms and also the postfeminist trends. The second direction will examine feminist projects which have entered into the transnational and state policies – gender mainstreaming, affirmative action, equality of treatment, reconfiguration of the human rights. Another important section will be dedicated to inequalities within the family and how can gender policies correct them and why Walby omits this aspect from her analysis. The nature of gender inequalities shall be presented both from the point of view of distributive theories as well as the standpoint of the theory of oppression as a source of inequality, according to its formulation made by Iris Marion Young.
Keywords: gender mainstreaming, third wave feminism, quality of opportunity, the capabilities approach
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