Feminism and the key characteristics

Feminism receives influences from other approaches such as positivist, Marxist, and post-structural. The scholars divided feminism into 3 waves. First wave came from the equality thinking. Literally it can be described this: if men can do, women can also do scientist, in fact women bring a different quality of science, looking some evidence with more critical thinking of women. The second wave was derived from term different standpoint, where they want to challenge science to achieve a fundamentally different idea of objectivity. However, both of these papers are influenced by feminism thinking in the 3rd wave.

Like the interpretivist, the feminist let the feelings of objects to produce knowledge. However, the interpretivism focuses dominantly more on social and cultural meanings, while the feminism deals with both sides of binary issues and focus on the idea about looking at emotions together with the reasons. In addition, feminism concentrates on marginalized groups and try to change the condition to be more adequate, more affluent, a better account of a world (Haraway, 1988). Moreover, the feminism observes the world from the standpoint of feminism and believe that “seeing from below” is the appropriate way to gain more profound knowledge (Haraway, 1988). Thus feminism tends to be embedded in doing the research. However, the interpretivist uses ethnography in doing the research but not really thinking when they are being subject of knowledge.


Hana Ulinnuha