In chapter 2 of the book "Feminist Thought" Radical Feminism is discussed. Prior to reading this selection I thought that there was only one feminist. The feminist that I pictured was overwhelming obsessed with the feminine cause almost to the point of being ridiculous.
In the early 1960's and 1970's womens rights groups sought to find equality by means of reforming the system. Most feminists agree that sexism is the first and deepest type of oppression. These feminists, however, do not agree on what the best way to eliminate this oppression is. This is where the split in feminism occurs.
The two types of radical femisim are Radical Libertarian Feminist and Radical Cultural Feminists. These two groups have contrasting views on gender, sexuality, and reproduction. Libertarian feminists encourage women to view as many forms of sexually explicit material as they want. They see the body as being a form of opression. They feel that a males role in a womans life is not as important as made out to be. Libertarians also feel that women should stubstitue artificial for natural modes of reproduction. Radical Cultural feminists feel that a good woman does not have sex unless they love the person or has some emotional connection. They also believe that women should procreate naturally.
After reading this chapter it is clear to see that there is a divide amongst feminists which may hamper there chances at creating equality for women in todays society.