WGS_160_F_2011_9

WGS_160_F_2011_9 - Constructionofa NationalManhood:

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Construction of a  National Manhood: Gender and Representational Democracy
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Gender in the Constitution: Mention of gender difference is intentionally  omitted Meaning? Political theory of government (compact) did not include a  role for women. Original mention of women removed in committee. Women bundled into the term “free persons” in the 3/5  clause. Gender not as important to framers, did not affect  apportionment of representatives as much as race.
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Complications: “Why exclude women?” If women are included, then on what basis can other  groups be excluded? Does acknowledging women require acknowledging  free blacks? Poor whites? Slaves? New bases of exclusion must be consistent with  liberalism (conform to conceptions of consent). --White women come to be disqualified by their “nature” as  different from men. Viewed as incapable of reason and  therefore, consent. --Pushed out of public into an idealized realm of domesticity.
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Theories of Inclusion: Liberalism and Coverture: Liberalism: Women were rights-bearing  individuals (natural rights) who could consent to 
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