The distance which separates contemporary feminist thinking about the Other from the thinking current at the outset of the feminist movement can be indicated by juxtaposing two statements. The first is Simone de Beauvoir’s famous statement in The Second Sex: ‘He is the Subject, he is the Absolute - she is the Other.’ The second is the no less memorable recent statement by Barbara Christian: ‘many of us have never conceived of ourselves only as somebody’s other’1 (1988: 70).
KeywordsSymbolic Order Binary Opposition Traditional Epistemology Cultural Ideology Feminist Writing
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