Current feminist theory in validating
The central concept of feminist epistemology is that of a situated knower, and hence of situated knowledge: knowledge that reflects the particular perspectives of the subject.
Feminist philosophers are interested in how gender situates knowing subjects.
Feminist epistemology conceives of knowers as situated in particular relations to what is known and to other knowers.
What is known, and the way that it is known, thereby reflects the situation or perspective of the knower.
Third parties may know these states only by interpreting external symptoms, imaginative projection, or obtaining their testimony. People often represent objects in relation to their emotions, attitudes and interests.
A thief represents a lock as a frustrating obstacle while its owner represents the lock as a comforting source of security. People have different knowledge of others, in virtue of their different personal relationships to them.
Like the knowledge it takes to get a joke, it is more an interpretive skill in making sense of a person than a set of propositions.They affect their attitudes toward their beliefs (certainty/doubt, dogmatic/open to revision), their standards of justification (relative weights they give to different epistemic values such as predictive power and consilience, amount, sources, and kinds of evidence they require before they accept a claim, etc.), and the authority with which they lay claim to their beliefs and can offer them to others.Finally, they affect knowers' assessment of which claims are significant or important. Feminist epistemology focuses on how the of the knower affects what and how she knows. An individual's social locations consists of her ascribed social identities (gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, caste, kinship status, etc.) and social roles and relationships (occupation, political party membership, etc.).(The German language usefully marks this as the distinction between .) Because people behave differently toward others, and others interpret their behavior differently, depending on their personal relationships, what others know of them depends on these relationships. People have different skills, which may also be a source of different propositional knowledge.An expert dog handler knows how to elicit more interesting behavior from an a dog than a novice does.