Christine Delphy

French sociologist

Christine Delphy (born 9th December 1941 in Paris) is a French sociologist, feminist, writer and theorist. She was a co-founder of Mouvement de Libération des Femmes (Women's Liberation Movement) in 1970 and of the journal Nouvelles questions féministes (New Feminist Issues) with Simone de Beauvoir in 1981.

Christine Delphy in 2016


  • The rebirth of feminism coincided with the use of the term "oppression." The ruling ideology, i.e. common sense, daily speech, does not speak about oppression but about a "feminine condition." It refers back to a naturalist explanation: to a constraint of nature, exterior reality out of reach and not modifiable by human action. The term "oppression," on the contrary, refers back to a choice, an explanation, a situation that is political. "Oppression" and "social oppression" are therefore synonyms or rather social oppression is a redundance: the notion of a political origin, i.e. social, is an integral part of the concept of oppression.
    • Towards a Materialist Feminism?, Michèle Barrett and Mary McIntosh Feminist, Review No. 1 (1979), Published by: Palgrave Macmillan Journals, DOI: 10.2307/1394753
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