Sandra Harding asserts in her essay, "Is There a Feminist Method?" Harding argues that it is "difficult to define a distinct feminist method because method and methodology have been intertwined with each other and with epistemological issues."(2) Moreover, it is, she argues difficult and potentially dangerous to identify anything as a distinctive methodher argument is that " it is not by looking at research methods that one will be able to identify distinctive features of the best feminist research methods." In other words it is dangerous to mystify feminist research because it locks researchers, students, scholars and critics into rules and ideas that don't necessarily encompass all facets of feminist scholarship and the efforts that are made to understand it.
The idea of there being a single "feminist method" assumes that there is a single thing, or several concrete things/ideas feminist scholars must be searching for. Harding's argument is supported by author's Greene, Khan in "Feminist scholarship and the social construction of women". Greene/Khan assertthat "feminist scholarship undertakes the dual task of deconstructing predominately male cultural paradigms and reconstructing a female perspective and experience in an effort to change the tradition that has silenced and marginalized us feminist scholars work to expose and the collusion between ideology and cultural practices." (1) She asserts that there are two premises about gender, the first is, "the inequality of the sexes is neither a biological given nor a divine mandate, but a cultural construct," and the second is, "the male perspective has dominated fields of knowledge shaping their paradigms and methods." Here the authors are illustrating the constraints ideology and... [continues]
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