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Reading Rage: Theorising the Epistemic Value of Feminist Anger

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  • Sigrid Wallaert

Abstract

With the #MeToo movement and the Women’s Marches behind us, it has become clear that women are angry. This anger is often criticised for being disruptive or uncommunicative, with calm rationality being praised as a superior alternative. In this article, I use the framework of Fricker’s (2007) Epistemic Injustice to examine the communicative disadvantages and merits of what I call feminist anger. I explain how feminist anger can be subject to both testimonial and hermeneutical injustices, but that this does not mean it should not be used to communicate. Importantly, feminist anger can challenge the patriarchal status quo and it can provide an epistemic bridge towards hermeneutical justice. By listening to feminist anger, both our own and others’, we can get one step closer to epistemic equality.

Keywords: Feminist anger, Epistemic injustice, #MeToo, Feminism, Activism, Misogyny

How to Cite:

Wallaert, S., (2023) “Reading Rage: Theorising the Epistemic Value of Feminist Anger”, DiGeSt - Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies 10(1): 4, 53-67. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/digest.85524

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Published on
26 Jun 2023
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