chapter  4
Marginality and Epistemic Privilege
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Since the early days of the current wave of the women’s movement, feminists have claimed that experience is not gender-neutral in societies in which gender matters because it is the experience of gendered persons. Feminists have accumulated plenty of empirical data in support of this claim1 and have deployed it strategically to legitimate demands for attention to what women, and feminists as their spokeswomen, have to say about discrimination against and oppression of women. The claim has served feminists especially well in the academy, where curricula and pedagogy alike have come under feminist scrutiny and have been found lacking because of the exclusion of women’s voices.