Feminist criticism has been a norm rather than a rarity not only in the 21st century but through history. Though feminist theory has been seen as a sympathetic response to the feminist criticism meted from all facets of literature, its relevance cannot be overstated. What is still saddening to most of empirical feminist literary critics is the level of dismissal and contempt with which this noble cause is treated with.
The primary point of the feminist theory remains authoritative i.e. our diverse undertakings are not in any way enhanced by feminist stereotypes. This still holds true even in the current day and age. It is however important to note that there are still voices of descent which threaten to bring out discord in regard to the solidarity so man women subscribe to irregardless of their diverse backgrounds. With that in mind, the role of the feminist theory has become so much developed in the light of the new developments. According to Cudd and Andreasen (2005), should the feminist theory not repackage itself based on the magnitude f the new developments, then it risks being branded a feminist discord study hence disregarding all for which he theory stands for.
Hence in that regard, the gains made so far as far as the feminist theory is concerned is laudable i.e. when it comes to the dismantlement of an organized attempt to nail the definition of women in singularity. However, the theory still recognizes the need of women to stick together as a single unit. It is therefore expected that going forward, feminist theorists including but not limited to Gallop will lea from the front when it comes to the development of a more responsive understanding of the feminist theory.
Cudd, A. E. & Andreasen, R.O. (2005). Feminist theory: a philosophical anthology.