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Cultural feminism

Cultural feminism is an offshoot of feminist thought that developed from ideas put forward by radical feminists. Originally a pejorative term, cultural feminism has since become more acceptable and widespread – although there is no agreed definition. At heart, cultural feminism seeks to validate feminine attributes that have been systematically undervalued within a patriarchal society. As the name implies, the emphasis amongst cultural feminists is upon the superior cultural values of women rather than purely biological differences. These include intuitive awareness, nurturing, a collaborative approach to work and relatively higher levels of emotional literacy. In part, this explains why cultural feminism has been described as an attempt to depoliticise radical feminism.

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