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This chapter outlines geographical discussions of postmodernism arguing that, whether critical or celebratory, these are characterised by a premature foreclosure of key issues raised, or at least highlighted, by postmodernism. Thus, postmodernism is debated, or in some cases assimilated, within existing theoretical frameworks in ways that resist any fundamental challenge to existing radical' geography. The chapter considers how feminists might respond to these discussions of postmodernism, and in so doing comment on the significance of postmodernism for feminist geography. Postmodernism is claimed by some to be symptomatic of feminist interventions in cultural and intellectual practice. Feminism necessarily resists such a paralysing conception of difference, with its reactionary implications of post-feminism'. One response, associated with radical feminism, is to invoke a unified female subject as an alternative to the male subject of Enlightenment rationality. But here feminism comes into conflict not only with the anti-essentialism and de-centred subject of postmodernism but also with experiential, cultural and power-laden differences among women.