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date: 15 June 2021

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Since the late 1960s, the second-wave feminists have looked for ways to understand women’s oppression, finally focusing on the topic of power. This article identifies four currents that help present an understanding of power. These currents serve as an alternative to a theory of power, since there is no single, unified, feminist, or gendered version of this theory. The first current treats power as an unequal resource distributed throughout society, where men are considered as its primary beneficiaries. The second current centers on the power of men over women and is responsible for introducing the concept of patriarchy. The third current introduces the notion of a specifically female—if not feminist—understanding of power as “capacity.” The fourth and final current discussed in the article views power as “productive.”

Keywords: second-wave feminists, women’s oppression, power, theory of power, unequal resource, patriarchy, power as capacity, power as productive

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