Trans women and feminism
Thinking beyond binaries
in The futures of feminism
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This chapter outlines key arguments around the nature of capitalism and its relationship with patriarchy and other forms of structural inequality. It begins by outlining the changing nature of capitalism and the liberal and economic theories that support it, before showing how they are challenged by women-centred feminist perspectives: these expose the idea of human independence as a myth and reveal the economic importance of the unpaid work that has traditionally been done by women. The chapter develops this discussion to highlight the limitations of some initiatives that claim to ‘empower’ girls and women in the global south while also benefiting the global capitalist economy; these initiatives include micro-credit projects and Nike’s Girl Effect. The chapter concludes that the needs of the majority of women will not be met in a global economy that is primarily based on the pursuit of profit, and that is therefore unable to solve the climate emergency it has created.


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