A MATRIX OF OPPOSITIONS IN FEMINISM
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Keywords

feminism
matrix
opposition
equality
freedom

Abstract

A woman, in the traditional African setting, was meant to be seen and not to be heard. And thus began the seeming marginalization of women in the African cultural milieu. The quest for gender equality, as proposed by feminists, simply stands upon the pivot that women are not inferior to men. Having gained so much credence and currency in our present dispensation, the feminist struggle is on the rise to trample upon masculine bias and liberate women folk from the shackles imposed by the opposite sex. The liberal theories of equality and freedom propagated by feminist philosophers to advocate for the rights of women often gets caught in the web of a matrix that presents a number of oppositions that are worthy of philosophical attention. The relevance of this paper is to analyze these various oppositional threats to the feminist agenda by examining their complex realities and scientific paradigms. While these oppositions seemingly possess sexist undertones, they nevertheless establish the beliefs structured on the feminist experience as conceived from the political, moral and social basis of the society at large. However, women’s lack of power, with respect to the aforementioned contextual compositions of the society, indicate that the reality of these oppositions may not be as discriminative as they think but are instructive and critical when their philosophical implications are analyzed.

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