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Radical Feminism

As the term implies, radical feminism is firmly outside the mainstream of feminist thought. As they see it, the problem within a patriarchal society is that of gender inequality. Radical feminists firmly believe that we must transform the entire basis of society towards a celebration of feminine values and virtues. Only by opposing centuries of patriarchal oppression can society be reordered along a matriarchal basis. Under a more gynocentric approach, women could enjoy fulfilling and meaningful relationships without the need for men. Unlike other strands of feminist thought, the role of males is entirely marginal within radical feminism. Whereas liberal feminists believe that men can assist progress towards feminist goals, and socialist feminists have faith in the predestined role for the male proletariat, radical feminists have no specific role for men whatsoever. This is sometimes referred to as the redundant male theory.

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