These self-cancelling extremes and countless intermediate positions are upheld within the range of what can only be called French ‘feminisms’ at the risk of supporting in this term a coherence of intention, direction and methodological assumption which such a splintering of political energies would erode and undermine. With parity and specificity set up as limits of feminist objectives and objections, the resistance of ‘feminism’ to its definition in terms of its components, its instantiations, will emerge as a precipitate of its political practice and as the mainstay of its theoretical arsenal.