The Sceptical Feminist
Cover of the first edition
|Author||Janet Radcliffe Richards|
|Series||Penguin Women's Studies|
|Published||1980 (Penguin Books)|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
|Pages||456 (1994 edition)|
Richards defends liberal feminism against both anti-feminists and radical feminists. She argues that feminism should not be concerned with benefiting a particular group of people (women) but with removing a particular kind of injustice.
The Sceptical Feminist has been influential, but it has been criticized for being "too unworldly in its understanding of women's oppression, and insufficiently radical in the remedies it proposes." Susan Mendus writes that Richards provides little discussion of inequalities of power which perpetuate injustice, and accepts that "women's work" is less fulfilling and valuable than work outside the home, commenting, "Richards's feminism is logical rather than ideological, cerebral rather than celebratory." The book was controversial within and outside feminism, in regard to standards of rationality, fashion and style, and Richard's liberal stance.
- Mendus, Susan (2005). Honderich, Ted, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1.
- Richards, Janet Radcliffe (1994). The Sceptical Feminist: A Philosophical Enquiry. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-017487-7.
- Sommers, Christina Hoff (1994). Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-80156-6.
- Whelehan, Imelda (1995). Modern feminist thought: from the second wave to "post-feminism". Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 0814793002.
- Battersby, Christine (1991). "Philosophical Books 1991, 32:4".