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PESSOA, Mayara Lustosa Silva  and  BORGES, Josefa Lusitânia de Jesus. Questions and tensions: paradoxes of feminism. Rev. katálysis [online]. 2018, vol.21, n.3, pp.544-553. ISSN 1982-0259.

This work presents, from qualitative and bibliographic research, some paradoxes and contradictions that pervade feminist theory, exposing certain divergences that emerge within the movement, as well as some questions raised by feminists themselves. Mapping these contradictions, some of which have already been overcome, the aim is to enable a reflection on the advances and setbacks of feminism. This in turn will contribute to the discussion of this important movement in constant transformation throughout the sociohistorical course. First, the article presents the concept and history of feminism, as well as the central categories in its discourse, including genre and patriarchy. This is followed by considerations from different studies to finally elucidate the constant need to discuss and rethink the project of feminism in order to overcome its obstacles. Finally, it was possible to identify several aspects, both theoretical and practical, that were constructed over several decades of the movement and which differ in their discourses and interpretations, highlighting the heterogeneity of feminism.

Keywords : Paradoxes; Feminism; Divergences; Feminist theory.

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