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What is the main feminist view of the family?

The family oppresses and exploits women


How are liberal feminists characterised?

March of progress view

Against discrimination, for equal rights/opportunities


Why do other feminist criticise liberal feminists?

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


How are Marxist feminists characterised?

The main source of oppression is capitalism

The family must be abolished


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


What did Feeley say about the family in 1972?

Children are socialised into submission, ready for capitalism


How are radical feminists characterised?

See men as the enemy

Promote political lesbianism


What type of family did Greer promote in 2000?

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


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


How did Sommerville criticise radical feminists in 2000?

Stated that there have been improvements for women

Political lesbianism is complicated by heterosexual attraction


What is Difference Feminism?

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


Why do other feminists criticise Difference Feminism?

State that all women experience similar oppression from the patriarchy

e.g. lower pay, fewer job opportunities


What is the personal life perspective?

An interactionist perspective

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


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


What are Smart's focuses in understanding family life?



Cultural heritage

Shared possessions


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


What are some positives of the personal life perspective?

Acknowledges family diversity

Acknowledges that relatedness is not always positive