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Suffrage (voting rights)-Right to attend university and have professional jobs-Access to commerce and property rights, access to healthcare-Legal rights (particularly from abusers)Feminism today-A study found that since 2004 there is evudence of declining institutionalsupport for women in CanadaoThe elimination of the phrase “gender equality” from the mandate ofthe FederalFeminism Theory Overview-Seeks to better explain these observations by looking to social conditions, ex,culture, presence of helpful or hurtful institutions and traditions-Accounts for the effects of social and political structures on our lives and theoppression of individuals-It is an ethical theory because it is concerned with all the same problems asthe other theories we’ve discussed, ex, justice autonomy decision making butincludes the wider scope of social life in its account of ethical agentsFeminism – ethical theory-Bentham – we are pleasure seekers “governed in all we do, in all we say andin all we think” by pain and pleasure-Kant – we are rational, maxim- deriving self-governors-Feminism – we are at least partly the product of the society and relationshipswe live in, and our account of the good, justice and other ethical conceptsshould reflect thisFeminist Core Commitments1.Critical of traditional moral theories2.Include social structures among orally relevant factorsa.Aware of coercive institutions3.Attentive to the role of relationships and contexts in ethicsCritique of Traditional Moral Theory-Philosophy has not been kind to woman historically-Alison Jagger – traditional ethics fails women in five waysoIgnores women’s issues in favor of men’soDisvalues private realm in which women’s lives are traditionally lived
oImplies that women are morally inferior to menoEmphasizes ‘masculine’ traits over ‘feminine’ onesoFavors rules, rights, impartiality over relationship, responsibility, andpartialityRole of Social Structures-We are not typically held responsible for coerced actions-How far does this principle extend?-Institutionalized coercion?Coercive Institutions – Feminist Response-Pay particular attention to situations in which people are made to feelvulnerable and be sure to accommodate them as best as possible-Empower people to feel more in control of their lives and decisions-Appeal for more democratic institutionsImportance of Relationships/ Contexts-Traditional ethical theories emphasize general rules:oPrinciple of Utility, Categorical Imperative, Prima Facie Duties-Underestimates the role relationships have in our livesRelationships-Your relationship with the particular people involved matters-Traditional ethical theories can only consider relationships in terms ofuniversal obligations or an impartial calculus, “they do not permit actualrelations to ever take priority over the requirements of impartiality…partiality is morally acceptable only because universal rules have already sojudged it” (Held, 11)Stages of Development –INSERT CAMERA PIC-Problems:o

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