Sarah Ammendolia Phil 1010 March 10, 14
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
Contemporary feminist ethics and political theory are diverse in premises and
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.
Today, antidiscrimination statuses, yet:
Lower paying jobs
Feminization of poverty
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
Since men are on average taller and heavier than women, these rules operate to scre