In Part I, following a brief analysis of the critique of liberal political theory, I argue that the theories of Fox-Genovese and West deny the felt experience of women in their own struggle to counteract the construct of gender; since women are "engendered" by social norms, they must first develop the subjective experience of autonomy, in which they seek to understand the inner direction of their authentic selves. Second, as I argue in Part II, the idea of community, much bandied about, is a concept which is ill-defined in most feminist thought. Further, the prescription for women's place as part of a community generally ignores the experience of women who traditionally have been subordinated by their defined roles within communities.
Susan G. Kupfer,
Autonomy and Community in Feminist Legal Thought, 22 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.