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I want to move now from the means of diminishing textual appropriation to look at more direct means of empowerment through research design and the researcher’s assumptions about some of the purposes of research. I have chosen to address more the personal benefit to participants (while also noting how the ramifications spread beyond the individual) because I do not think that this area has been discussed extensively whereas the reduction of women’s subordination (a dominant political objective of feminist scholarship) and the significance of the analytic frameworks to achieve this end have received considerable attention.