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In this presentation, I argue that to make feminist theory truly about all women, an intersectionality approach is required. I use Catherine Mackinnon’s dominance approach, which she explains in “Difference and Dominance.” The dominance approach focuses on the differences and the sameness of men and women however, I focus this idea on women only. Are women different because of dominance or is dominance why women are different. I concentrate on culture, race and class to explain how women are the same and how women are different in these categories. In defining these categories, I incorporate Lugones and Spelman, “Have we got a theory for you.” Lugones and Spelman discuss ideas about what feminist theory really is and how to define it. How can it truly be theorized? I expand on this using the “I” and “we” concept they describe, which uses these pronouns to define how it is different for certain women and how other women may not fully understand this. Because of culture, race, and class women can be separated, therefore it can be hard to fully grasp another women’s experiences. Yet, in order to make feminist theory about all women, women must understand women, all women, no matter their culture, race, or class.

First Advisor

Lisa Ann Robertson

Second Advisor

Zoli Filotas

Research Area

Women's Studies