Candidate No 01380372including but not limited to the sociological approaches mentioned above in order toillustrate that the field of ‘Feminist research’ is not a field that must be conducted BYwomen, about women, for women but in the fact it can be conducted BY people,about women, for the betterment of society as a whole.
What is Feminism?
This is a question that could be the topic of its own paper. However, the focusof this paper is the role ‘Feminism’ plays in sociological research and the varioustypes of ‘Feminism’ which would contribute to the belief that one must have theimmutable biological sex of female to conduct, analyze, and report research aboutwomen that is considered valid and without the bias of the pre-existing male patriarchy that is said to permeate the whole of science which includes sociologicalresearch.The types of ‘Feminism’ I shall discuss are Liberal feminism, Culturalfeminism, Socialist feminism, and Radical feminism with final discussion of Postmodern feminism that itself questions the structure of the ‘Feminist’ movementand methods (Etaugh & Bridges 2006, pp. 3-5).Liberal feminism “is the belief that women and men should have the same political, legal, economic, and educational rights and opportunities (Henley et al.,1998; Ens & Sinacore, 2001)”(Etaugh & Bridges 2006). Furthermore Liberalfeminists view the differences between men and women as a function of unequalopportunities (Etaugh & Bridges 2006). Would this type of feminism conclude that‘Feminist research is by women, about women, for women’? It would appear that thisstatement does not mesh well with the position of Liberal feminism since the goal isto equalize opportunity and rights for both men and women therefore this type wouldnot advocate the research is exclusive to the biological sex of female.Cultural feminism “reflects ‘the belief that women and men are different andthat more respect should be given to women’s special qualities, such as nurturance,concern about others, and cooperativeness (Ens & Sincore, 2001; Henley et al.,1998)’”(Etaugh & Bridge 2006). This approach to feminism honors the interpersonalskills associated with women and seeks to address the destructive nature of masculinetraits (Etaugh & Bridge 2006). Would Cultural feminism support the statement that isthe focus of this paper? Well Cultural feminism would seek to empower women