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The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory

The Politics of Reality: Essays
in Feminist Theory
Marilyn FryeCrossing Press1983

The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory is a 1983 collection of feminist essays by philosopher Marilyn Frye. Some of these essays, developed through speeches and lectures she gave, have been quoted and reprinted often, and the book has been described as a “classic” of feminist theory.

“This is radical feminist theory at its best: clear, careful and critical.”


Frye outlines several key concepts and fundamental issues for feminist theory. In the first essay, “Oppression”, she explains a structural vision of oppression:

Oppression is a system of interrelated barriers and forces which reduce, immobilize and mold people who belong to a certain group, and effect their subordination to another group (individually to individuals of the other group, and as a group, to that group).

Table of Contents:

1. Oppression
2. Sexism
3. The Problem That Has No Name
4. In And Out Of Harm’s Way: Arrogance And Love
5. A Note on Anger`
6. Some Reflections On Separatism And Power
7. On Being White: Toward A Feminist Understanding Of Race And Race Supremacy
8. Lesbian Feminism And The Gay Rights Movement: Another View of Male Supremacy, Another Separatism
9. To Be And Be Seen: The Politics of Reality