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But Peter, it is also not a portmanteau of whatever seems to be part of a
collection of issues related to women.  One of the most important
distinctions is that although feminism is inevitably connected with the
history and social and cultural position of women, it is absolutly NOT just
an analysis or conceptualization about female humans.  It is a way of
seeing the world that has a long, complex history, and that means that the
fact that Thatcher is an assertive woman who had a great deal of power
and no doubt benefited an a broadly general way from the developing idea
that women could be in politics, she is not a feminist by any stretch of the
imagination.

I think I have honestly lost track of the focus of this since as I said before,
I have not been sure what you saw as "the issue."
Nancy







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From: Nancy Gish
There is no single "feminist" position on much of anything
except opposition to patriarchy,
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Hence my use of it as a portmanteau to cover the whole bag of issues.
Besides it is more convenient to write than some of the phrases.

Chers,
Peter