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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1010
Professor
Karyn Freedman
Semester
Winter

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Sarah Ammendolia Phil 1010 March 10, 14 Feminist Theory  Development and sex Equality:  In much of the world, women are less well­nourished  than men, less healthy, less educated, and more vulnerable to violence.  United Nations development Report (1999): No country treats its women as well as its  men.  Feminism  Contemporary feminist ethics and political theory are diverse in premises and  conclusions.  Surprising to hear that we have all these respects we can say that women and men are  given equal footing.  Common Ground: Each theory is grounded in a commitment to ending the oppression,  subordination, abuse and exploitation of women and girls.  1. Sexual equality and sexual discrimination  ­ Until recently, most male theorists accepted biological determinism, the idea that  there is a foundation in nature, for the confinement of women to the family, and  family, and for restricting their legal and political rights.  No longer. Today, anti­discrimination statuses, yet:  ­ Lower paying jobs ­ Feminization of poverty  ­ Household labor  ­ Increased domestic abuse and assault  Sex equality legislation aims at a sex­blind society.  Problems? (e.g. Maternity rights)  Even if we incorporate the important differences between sexes­ this still won’t work.  For example: so­called ‘gender­neutral’ rules like minimum height and eight for certain  jobs.  Since men are on average taller and heavier than women, these rules operate to scre
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