“Not feminist enough”

Posted: October 19, 2010 by Jender in Uncategorized

While I was a graduate student in the mid to late 90s our department hosted a regional SWIP mostly because we had a significant number of grad students interested in feminist philosophy. At that time our department had a very well-know feminist philosopher who is widely read by even those who are not that interested in feminism. While she was supportive of SWIP, she didn’t plan to attend to the conference.

During the more casual events of the first evening it was very clear why she didn’t. A number of attendees who were out of grad school, but still fairly junior and who had studied under two other very well-known feminist philosophers proceeded to completely disparage her work for “not being feminist enough,” but they also went far beyond that to say rude things about her personally.

Needless to say, all of my fellow grad students were horrified. As the conference went on, it became clear that all of the grad students at my university were considered to be equally not-feminist enough by the majority of the attendees.

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