Democracy_and_Feminism

Democracy_and_Feminism - just two generations ago •...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–9. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Democracy and Feminism
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Why not? Feminism demands equal rights for women Democracy demands majority rule What if majority rules that women are not to be granted equal rights? What if women have equal rights but are not socially equal?
Background image of page 2
Equal Rights Amendment Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Carole Pateman, “Feminism and Democracy” Thesis: feminism provides most important challenge to and critique of democracy Democratic theory: formal equality is sufficient for justice Women have formal equality but social and economic inequality Does this compromise democratic justice?
Background image of page 4
History of women’s suffrage Right to vote granted only in 1920’s –
Background image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Background image of page 6
Background image of page 7

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Background image of page 8
Background image of page 9
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: just two generations ago • Rhetoric of democracy: “all men are created equal” • Women holding political office in vastly inferior numbers to men. Women in democratic theory • Social contract theorists: women not individuals with freedom to consent; not men • Women under the dominion of man by nature • J.S. Mill: women choose private, domestic sphere when they marry Conflict between private sphere and democratic ideal • To be a good citizen, one must have experience in public affairs • Women as incapable of consent about their own intimate lives – Marital rape (now illegal in all 50 states) – Pregnancy • Thus what is needed is radical social change for true democracy...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course PHIL 180 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Kansas.

Page1 / 9

Democracy_and_Feminism - just two generations ago •...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 9. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online