The starting point of the radical feminist approaches discussed in the last two chapters was the claim that women should develop their own theories, based on their own experiences, rather than relying on ideas that had been developed by men. Some feminists were also particularly hostile to Marxist and socialist theories because of their experience of sexism in left-wing organisations. Nevertheless, many writers continued to find these a source of inspiration and/or aid to feminist understanding, and from the 1970s there were intense theoretical debates, particularly over the use of Marxist concepts. Although by the end of the century philosophical and political developments had combined to make all forms of socialist thought much less fashionable, socialist and Marxist analysis continued to play a significant role in feminist theory and practice.
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