Feminism isn’t philosophy

Posted: October 17, 2010 by Jender in feminism isn't philosophy

A few years ago, when I was new to my Ph.D. program, another student in my cohort started talking to me at the beginning of the year department party. I didn’t think anything of it until he started belittling my area of interest: feminism. Specifically, he told me, “feminism isn’t philosophy.” I was stunned. This was my big welcome. I just moved across the county to be told I didn’t belong and was a joke to the profession.

Thankfully, I told this story to many other (friendlier) people in my department, and it was always met with the same indignation I felt at the time, so I think it’s safe to say his is the minority opinion.

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