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1

What is the main feminist view of the family?

The family oppresses and exploits women

2

How are liberal feminists characterised?

March of progress view

Against discrimination, for equal rights/opportunities

3

Why do other feminist criticise liberal feminists?

They do not challenge the underlying causes of women's oppression

4

How are Marxist feminists characterised?

The main source of oppression is capitalism

The family must be abolished

5

What did Ansley say about the family in 1972?

Women act as an emotional safety valve to men

They absorb the frustrations of working under capitalism so no rebellions occur

6

What did Feeley say about the family in 1972?

Children are socialised into submission, ready for capitalism

7

How are radical feminists characterised?

See men as the enemy

Promote political lesbianism

8

What type of family did Greer promote in 2000?

Matrilocal - women remain in their mother's household, men join their wives'

9

Who called for a baby strike and why?

Purdy, 1997

Felt that women are disadvantaged by having children and that they needed to make their voices heard

10

How did Sommerville criticise radical feminists in 2000?

Stated that there have been improvements for women

Political lesbianism is complicated by heterosexual attraction

11

What is Difference Feminism?

Says we can't generalise women's experiences of oppression

12

Why do other feminists criticise Difference Feminism?

State that all women experience similar oppression from the patriarchy

e.g. lower pay, fewer job opportunities

13

What is the personal life perspective?

An interactionist perspective

Criticises how structural perspectives ignore family diversity and see people as puppets to society

14

What does Carol Smart believe about the decline of family life?

Family life is just becoming more complex

She highlights other important intimate relationships other than blood relation

15

What are Smart's focuses in understanding family life?

Bonds

Memories

Cultural heritage

Shared possessions

16

What are the major criticisms of the personal life perspective?

It is too broad and loses sight of what is important about blood/marriage relation

Rejects the top down view

17

What are some positives of the personal life perspective?

Acknowledges family diversity

Acknowledges that relatedness is not always positive