Philosophical Critique of Feminism - Friesian School

Bias. The largest body of work in feminist philosophy ofbiology concerns revealing and eliminating sexist and androcentricbias. Central and early work in the field documented the presence ofassumptions of female passivity and male activity in a wide range ofbiological accounts of sex and gender. Examples include critique ofresearch on sex determination (Birke 1986, Bleier 1984), fertilization(Martin 1991), human evolution (Bleier 1984, Fausto-Sterling1985/1992, Hubbard 1990) and the discipline of primatology (Hrdy 1986,1997, and Haraway 1989). More recently, Elisabeth Lloyd (1993, 2005)has studied biological explanations of women's orgasm. Shedemonstrates that these accounts often rely on two false assumptions,assumptions that involve (1) presupposing that these explanations need tobe based on natural selection and (2) presupposing a tight linkbetween women's sexuality and reproduction. Feminist research onsexist bias in biology focuses on eliminating myths of female biologythat are colored by contemporary social values and facilitating theproduction of biological research that more accurately reveals thefacts about sex and gender. In this sense a feminist perspective isseen as a sort of control, with the goal of removing gender bias,i.e., sexist and androcentric social values, from scientificresearch. For example, The Biology and Gender Study Group (1988,61–62) write that,

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I. Introduction. In this lecture I aim to offer a broad survey of the role of women in the Bible, with particular emphasis on the Old Testament, to help the Church appraise critically the impact feminism has had upon it.I offer these theological reflections to encourage and to assist the Church to retain what is good from the feminist legacy …
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In this lecture () I aim to offer a broad surveyof the role of women in the Bible, with particular emphasis on the Old Testament,to help the Church appraise critically the impact feminism has had uponit. I offer these theological reflections to encourage and to assist theChurch to retain what is good from the feminist legacy and to reject whatis bad.

Feminism has significantly impacted society at large, our churches and ourhomes. Mary Kassian in her penetrating analysis of the feminist perspective,which she once embraced, wrote: