• Clara Fischer
Part of the Breaking Feminist Waves book series (BFW)


This book has provided not only a hypothetical answer to the question posed by change, but has elucidated a vision of change capable of overcoming the problematic nature of gendered (im)mutability of canonical expositions. Having established that certain early Greek themes, such as a desire to be immortal and self-sufficient (autarkeia), when coupled with misgivings about women’s sexuality and physicality, resulted in theories of change wherein women were identified by analogy with mutability or immutability, I found that woman’s traditional designation of secondary oppositional in classifications of “opposites” meant that regardless of whether change was assigned positive or negative value, woman was always contained within the latter axiological group, and therefore occupied a contradictory position within traditional male thinkers’ expositions of change. Fundamentally, woman is marked by her difference from the human, male norm, and thereby brings danger, whether this is identified as death, sexual dependency, or a life of toil.


Traditional Male Oppressive System Sexual Dependency Oppressive Norm Species Plan 
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© Clara Fischer 2014

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