An Ethical Justification of Women's Studies; or What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
1991 by Hypatia, Inc.
Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 137–151, June 1991
How to Cite
Mcgrath, L. (1991), An Ethical Justification of Women's Studies; or What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?. Hypatia, 6: 137–151. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.1991.tb01397.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
The feminist in academe, says Paula Bennett, is like Procne married to Tereus, “inextricably wedded to the sources of her harm.” An ethical justification of academic feminism can be found, not in cooperation and affiliation, but in the strategies currently necessary to ensure curricular and cultural diversity. Historically contextualized and strategically politicized, this ethic is founded on the claim that universities are places where we may all learn to know what is other than ourselves.