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Out from the ShadowsAnalytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy$
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Sharon L. Crasnow and Anita M. Superson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199855469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199855469.001.0001

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Who Is Included?

Who Is Included?

Intersectionality, Metaphors, and the Multiplicity of Gender

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(p.493) 18 Who Is Included?
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Out from the Shadows
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Ann Garry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199855469.003.0019

Both traditional philosophy and feminist philosophy stand to gain in richness, inclusivity, and applicability to real life by reflecting intersectional analyses in their theories. I encourage such reflection by advocating a concept of intersectionality based on family resemblance analyses. I caution against asking too much of intersectionality or of the metaphors used to explain it: intersectionality provides standards for the uses of methods or frameworks rather than theories of power, oppression, agency, or identity. I test my approach against María Lugones's argument in “Heterosexualism and the Colonial/Modern Gender System” (Hypatia 2007) to determine, in particular, whether we can successfully resist a move to create multiple genders for women. If we can resist this move, then we can answer the objection that intersectionality fragments women both theoretically and politically. My intention is to present a modest and flexible concept of intersectionality that can be of use to many kinds of philosophers and other theorists.

Keywords:   intersectionality, gender, analysis of, family resemblance, metaphor, philosophical method, Lugones, Maria, Zack, Naomi, Wittgenstein, Ludwig, colonial modern gender system

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