Hartsock and Feminist Standpoint

This week, we’re reading Nancy Hartsock’s essential reading, “The Feminist Standpoint Developing the Ground for a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism” from Feminism and Methodology. One of the following discussion questions may help you formulate your response:

  • Hartsocks’s reliance on Marxist theory may be off-putting for some of you. How and why does Hartsock justify Marxist theory and material feminism? Why is this essential to understanding standpoint theory?
  • Hartsock claims, “Women as a group work more than men” (165). How does this claim compare with your experience? How does this fit with her descriptions of motherhood and masculinity later in the chapter? 
  • How could standpoint theory inform your methodology for a researched project in technical writing? 

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