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Liberal Feminism 1

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York University
Social Science
SOSC 1350
Julie Dowsett

2:30-3:20 PROFESSOR LESLIE SANDERS GUEST SPEAKER FROM THE WRITING DEPARTMENT 3:30-4:20 LIBERAL FEMINISM: ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND GENDER ROLE SOCIALIZATION (PART 1) If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation, those of woman, by a parity of reasoning, will not shrink from the same test. —Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) 1. Early Liberal Feminists a.theorists i. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) - official version of law is abstract - Liberal feminists defines itself, first Mary Wollstonecraft, 1792, is a feminist - Thomas Paine, 1791, wrote “the rights of men” (a defense) to Wollstonecraft - Wollstonecraft and Paine is in agreement , liberty, equality and fertility was the slogan of French revolution - Wollstonecraft disagreed that Paine is just thinking about just “men” not men and women, and she believes it only applies to half the population - Rationality, and Wollstonecraft celebrates rationality, and says women are as rational as men, and those who do not think that, need to rethink on how they see gender - Jean-Jacques Rousseau “Emile” (boy) “Sophie” (girl) Emile is taught to rational, thinking, and Sophie is taught to be attractive, cute, piano, how to be a good hostess - We need to rethink gender, liberal feminist are all about the public sphere, and to bring women into public sphere ii.John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women (1861) - john Stuart mill is British, and 1861, well known liberal thinker and feminist - He argued that legal and political equality for men and woman, and social attitudes - First reason why other feminist , that the analysis of feminist (education, vote, equal) – Mill, yet still remains problematic - Second, mill is a high class guy, is that higher class isn’t considered of lower class or private sphere, and classism, they have been oblivious - Third liberal feminist are lacking is that, they don’t think of the private sphere, they considered more that public sphere was an obstacle (babysitting, child birth) b.rights-based activism of late nineteenth/early twentieth century Canadian liberal feminists i. “unity doctrine” - liberal are successful is getting rid of “unity doctrine” (when man and women got
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