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Lecture 12

Women's Studies 2161A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Reproductive Rights, Neoliberalism, Iroquois

Women's Studies
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Women's Studies 2161A/B

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sexism on the internet is a huge issue
paradox: more women online..women being smarter users..but there are problems w
cyberstalking and online harassment.
problems online have to do w sexism. Ppl who wrote about the ethics miss the problems
bc they use mainstream theory.
computer ethics-growing field of research as we spend more time online. but the ethical
analysis of our online lives is often missing feminist perspectives.
2 ways this shows up:
women on privacy: fear of sexual violence..not of ex online banking.
ethics:moral principles that govern our behavior, that make certain actions right and
other wrong. ex: lying. The branch of philosophy that deals w right and wrong...with how
we ought to live our lives.
applied ethics : in context of specific professions or places, we are talking about
computer ethics.
3 approaches to ethics:
1. -Results: Consequentialism: looks at consequences of an action
-Utilitarianism: the right act brings about the most good. doesn’t focus on what u do or
who u are but on what happens once u act. ex: say no homosexuality shouldnt be
2. Action: moral Rules/Deontology( classifying act)..not on the results but like ex: is it an
accidental death or is a killing,..based on what kind of act it is
3. Agent: Virtue Theory-to figure out if something is right or wrong ask would a virtuous
person do that?
Feminist ethics adds: to pay attention to women's experiences and the results you get to
make sure the results u get are ones that speak against the oppression of women.
In mainstream ethics, privacy is primarily seen as being a matter of control and
Feminist criqtues of privacy: what provacy gives us: benefits and down sides.
-public/private divide
-privacy as a way of covering up abuse
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