PolPhil Reflection 2 (1).pdf

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Reflection Paper #2 Justice, Gender, and the Family “But the gender-neutral alternatives that most contemporary theorists employ are often even more misleading than the blatantly sexist male terms of reference” (p. 10) In this essay, Susan M. Okin is describes how “gender” contributes to the inequality of opportunity between men and women. From what I can tell, feminists like Okin typically support the use of gender neutral / gender inclusive language, because for whatever reason it is believed that such language would contribute to equality between men and women. Okin, however, believes that gender neutral language is being misused by political theorists. She has two main critiques of what she calls “false gender neutrality”: firstly, that despite claiming that their theories are applicable to all people, political theorists really only have men in mine when they craft their theories; and secondly that political theorists neglect to consider the difference in experience between men and women by relying on gender neutral language. In
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  • Spring '14
  • BryanT.McGraw
  • Gender-neutral pronoun, Gender-Neutral Language, Gender-specific job title, Susan M. Okin

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