Re: PCT and Feminisms: asking again...

Alessandra Iantaffi (
Wed, 22 May 1996 17:10:52 +0100 (BST)

Dear Mike,

I appreciate your emphasis on how the position/situation of women in
society is embedded in the latter, and I do agree that we can't use the
individual as a societal 'cop-out' (and I personally don't think that is
what Ana meant). However, I am wary of the danger of portraying women as
helpless victims... An important role of the feminist movement is, in my
view, to empower individual women, because at the end of the day is the
individual woman who goes back to that situation of domestic violence or
abuse or harassment or whatever, and not society as a whole. However
individual women should not be blamed or held responsible when abused,
raped and harassed (as it happens often at the moment, unfortunately).
So, I think that both you and Ana make valid points that are not
necessarily incompatible. Thank you for both your contributions (and all
the others), I am really enjoying this discussion, and learning much from it!