The study investigates feminism, still based both on the arguments of socialism and liberalism, but also maintained as an alternative-cultural realm. This working hypothesis is tested from a philosophical perspective, in relation to several authors and theoretical frames, situating specificity and the threat of marginalization in the light of modernism, postmodernism and trans-modernism. If, ideologically, the terrain of feminisms seems mined by the theory of the control of the intervention spaces, recognizing only the victory of passing from episodic to structural importance, the cultural place of the feminisms remains a strongly individualized manifestation. Only in solidarity and within a cultural space can feminism move away from the margin and create a centre effect, freed from any tutelary forum, as a “natural” form. Beyond this exhausting anchoring in sex appeal, cultural appeal (as a practical-cultural reconsideration of the concept of “representation”) assumes precisely the status of reply, or counter reply hoping to impress by cultural charisma, renouncing the position of perfect objectivity, freeing feminism of the ideological clichés and schemes, and installing the primacy of the “surrounding post-feminisms” as necessary context. The authors conclude that feminism has a better prospect as a cultural dimension than an ideological one, in its aim of transforming society at a deeper level.
Manolache, Viorella and Serban, Henrieta A.
"Cultural Appeal: The Hard Attribute of a Soft Trans-Ideology,"
Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women's & Gender Studies: Vol. 11:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cortland.edu/wagadu/vol11/iss1/8