Örebro University social scientist Helen Lindberg has in her doctoral thesis highlighted what she regards as major weaknesses in a number of radical feminist social theories. The theories are, she says, seriously under-developed, and contain insoluble logical problems.
Feminist social theories are of little or no use in social scientific research into gender relations, says Lindberg, as they are based on starkly ideological foundations, and lack internal coherence. They are also mutually contradictory, and as evidence Lindberg points to divisions within the Swedish political party Feministiskt Initiativ.
The press release discussion of her thesis stresses the emergence of “post-feminism”, which is described in favourable terms as rejecting the fundamentals of feminist theory.
Research Dismisses the Validity of Feminist Gender Studies
To be able to conduct social science research about gender relations – the author claims – it isn’t useful to use the examined feminist theories, since they are too ideological and theoretically underdeveloped. They should instead be judged and valued the same way other normative and ideological theories are, such as Marxism, especially when it comes to their critical role in defining problems and acting as guides in political practice.
Research dismisses the validity of gender studies
Feminist social theories put to the test