Hard Bargains the Politics of Sex Review - Hard Bargains...

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Hard Bargains: The Politics of sex, Linda R. Hirshman and Jane E. Larson, Chapter Review Introduction Politics is about power (2) Sex is Political (2) The book is about law and the history of law (2-3) Their purpose in the writing the book is “…to anticipate, describe and argue for the shape of the different sexual world to come, an emerging paradigm we call the era of ‘Hard bargains.” (3) Who do they study? “In this book, we discuss the regulation of same-sex activity only tangentially and the shifting sexual possibilities of transvestism, bisexuality and so on not at all. Our focus is the regulation of sexual access between women and men. (3) They focus their attention on four areas of sex regulation within male/female relationships: 1. Rape 2. Prostitution 3. Adultery 4. Fornication They use three Western schools of philosophy to develop their discussion; each school makes assumptions about: 1. Virtue Ethics 2. Classical Liberalism 3. Utilitarianism “Each school makes assumptions about what it means to know anything.” (7) “Each assumes an essence of human personhood.) (7) “Each defines the purpose of morality or, where they are separated, of politics.” (7)
Chapter 2, The Possibilities of Theory Overview: This chapter responds to three assumptions: 1. Knowledge: Hirshman and Larson assume that, “knowledge about the physical world is possible, and that moral knowledge about social arrangements in that world is also possible.” (18) 2. Personhood : “All moral theories include assumptions about personhood defined as those aspects of the human condition the theory chooses to honor. Sexual

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