The book discusses the meanings of feminism, which are present in the mass media and public addresses like: feminism reduced to the concept of equal opportunities on the job market; feminism reduced to choose between having a family and having a career; feminism reduced to political correctness, feminism reduced to movement, feminism reduced to gender mainstreaming, etc.
Feminisms aims to be a manual covering different aspects of feminism: labour and precarity, gender mainstreaming and postfeminism, heteronormativity, feminist education or transnational feminism. The book discusses topics such as the importance of assuming feminist positions and methods in education, women’s labour, and precarity as well as the issue of feminist visibility and visibility of gender topics in general, and the need to create spaces that are free of inequality.
The first chapter takes a look at how the notions of gender and sex are crystallized as social constructs, despite the heteronormative structures that define them as natural. The second part of the book explains gender mainstreaming, postfeminism and self-help movement with a view to analysing the manner in which they are used. The third chapter, on labour and precarity, deals with the “double work day of women” as a result of being moms and working women. The fourth part of this publication looks at the development of theories and practices of progressist education, while the fifth and last part offers ideas about transnational feminism.
In 2008-2009 the authors of Feminisms organised a project entitled Feminisms. Histories, free spaces, participatory democracy, economic justice. According to the authors, the project was aimed to be “a place of reflection on different feminist practices in Romania and abroad, on those questions, actions, approaches and practices which question situations considered “normal”, (…) which engage our creativity and courage to believe that there are alternatives to the existing system”. This publication is an outcome of the project.