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What is Feminist Geography ?

The term feminist geography subsumes perspectives on feminist politics and the theories that explore gender relations in society, as applied to the study of gender relations in geography.

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Interest in the study of feminism dates back to the mid-1970s. It drew inspiration from the women's movements in the west in the 1960s as part of the radicalization of social perspectives. Feminist geography is this part of the societal perspective. 

Feminist geography is thus part of the radial-Marxist the orientation of human geography following the "relevance revolution" of that decade. as the women and geography study group of the Institute of British Geography (1984) put it, “in common with other approaches in geography which are critical of mainstream work”, feminist geography tries to “analyze and understand why women remain in a subordinate position” in society and the professions. 

To the feminist geographers, implications of gender in the study of geography are at least as important as the implications of any other social or economic factor which transforms society and space. 

They use the term gender to refer to socially created distinct between femininity and masculinity, while the term sex is used to refer to biological differences between men and women. 

Thus the IBG group defined feminist geography as  “geography which explicitly takes into account the socially created gender structure of society, and in which a commitment, both towards the alleviation of gender inequality in the short term and towards its removal, through social changes towards real equality, in the long term is repressed. 

A feature common to all feminist argument is that the differences in social positions of men and women systematically work to the advantage of men so that women and men, in fact, have unequal power, opportunities, and social status. 

Feminist geography aims at exploring the way in which current practices in society might be changed in order to release women from that state of subordination. Studies aimed at examining differences in spatial behavior patterns of men and women decried.

To study more about feminist geography, there are some recommended books given below. which are also used as references for this article. So, I highly recommend you go through these books, for details click on the title of the book.

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