Firestone was a 70s radical feminist, author of the influential (if controversial) The Dialectic Of Sex, and founder of the New York Radical Women group. Citing Freud, Simone de Beauvoir and Marx, Firestone argues for feminist revolution, stating that a complete structural change was needed to destroy patriachy. Firestone argues that women are biologically tied down and determined by their reproductive capactities, and that pregnancy was barabirc. Cybernetic and revolution, are her only answers to these issues.
Firestone is criticized for demeaning the role of women`s biological functionings, by playing into the notion that child-birth and motherhood were “weaker” and inferior to male biological roles. By playing into the terms of many chauvinists, Firestone completely undermines her argument. However, she is still a hugely influential writer and her works are evocative pieces of second-wave feminism.
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Ardalan is a feminist activist writer based in Tehran, Iran. In 2007 she was awarded the Olof Palme Prize for her struggle for gender equality. Along with other feminist writters, ignoring the threats of the Tehran religious-police, she has helped set up the Women’s Cultural Centre in Tehran. This is with the aim to promote women`s issues in Iran. She has been imprisoned for her work. Ardalan is one of the founding members of the One Million Signatures campaign, attempting to collect a million signatures for women’s equal rights.
Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason.
She had the strength and courage to write philosophical texts that demanded rights for women, and more importantly, respect. Though her feminist philosophy was not popular in her time, her books have hugely inspired modern feminists. Instead of viewing women as ornaments to society or property to be traded in marriage. Wollstonecraft argued that women are human beings deserving of the same fundamental rights as men.