Challenges of cultural relativism and the future of feminist universalism

Bhabani Nayak

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The article seeks to explain and understand the contradictions within universalistic claims of feminism. It also highlights the challenges the Women’s Movement is facing within the philosophical tenets of feminism. The paper begins by defining feminism and universalism from class and cultural points of view in relation to human rights. Then it analyzes not only the tensions between feminism and universalism (in relation to culture and class) but also shows similarities and parallels between them. This paper concludes by reviewing the challenges for Women’s Rights as Human Rights from feminism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Politics and Law
Issue number2
Early online date30 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • feminism
  • universalism
  • culture
  • relativism
  • human rights


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