• Stevan Gajić Институт за европске студије Београд


Frederick Douglass, feminism, abolitionism, liberalism, gender, race, cyborg


This essay discusses Frederick Douglass’ relationship with the feminist movement of the 19th Century and the issue of citizenship and political rights of women in United States. Douglass’ autobiographical notes on his mother and other women that marked his life are discussed in the first part, along with the nature of relationship of slave owners to female slaves and what consequences these relationships had for male slaves. The possible influence of Douglass’ personal experience on his views on feminism are also analysed. This section also deals with the critical views of contemporary black feminism towards Douglass’ ideas, trough the critique made by African-American feminist bell hooks. This essay also discusses Douglass’ concept of blended race, as well as of possible perceptions on this cocept from the engle of Donna Haraway, as the representative of post-liberalism in the catogorial apparatus of philosopher Alexander Dugin. The second part of the essay is dedicated to the philosophical basis of Douglass’ feminism, i.e. to the core theoretical foundation on which he based his struggle for the political rights of women.


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Gajić, S. . (2014). FEMINISM FREDERICK DOUGLASS. KULTURA POLISA, 11(25), 331–343. Retrieved from https://kpolisa.com/index.php/kp/article/view/1212



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