Feminist Histories: Conflict, Coalitions and the Maternal Order

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In this paper, I argue that the image of maternity can, paradoxically, release us from the theoretical model whereby the women’s movement is presented in terms of generation, stages or waves. Within Luce Irigaray’s account of the Maternal Order, we can find an ethics of conversation that opens a dialogue between women, a way to engage with, appreciate and relate to differences. This dialogue, cutting across generations and waves, is not only the condition of the theory of feminist history but also the condition of history itself.

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Howie, G., (2010) “Feminist Histories: Conflict, Coalitions and the Maternal Order”, Studies in the Maternal 2(1), p.1-12. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.89

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