The Utopian Ideal of Feminist Liberalism

Aaron Toyne, Aurel Müller, Yoojin Jeong

In this podcast, we interviewed Professor Seok-Min Yun teaching at Yonsei University in South Korea. We discussed the topic of utopian literature with a particular focus on A Serious Proposal to the Ladies by the proto-feminist theorist Mary Astell. Throughout our discussion, we explored the idea of liberalism with a particular focus on its intersectionality with feminism as well the ways in which political movements of this type interact in a modern-day society. Some of the topics include female-only institutions such as women universities as well as the concept of affirmative action more generally and specifically, and whether these two ideas could be reconciled within the context of feminist liberalism.