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Living With Contradictions : Controversies In Feminist Social Ethics - Alison M. Jaggar

Living With Contradictions

Controversies In Feminist Social Ethics

By: Alison M. Jaggar (Editor)

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Some people believe that feminist ethics is little more than a series of dogmatic positions on issues such as abortion rights, pornography, and affirmative action.This caricature was never true, but Alison Jaggar's "Living with Contradictions" is the first book to demonstrate just how rich and complex feminist ethics has become. Beginning with the modest assumption that feminism demands an examination of moral issues with a commitment to ending women's subordination, this anthology shows that one can no longer divide social issues into those that are feminist and those that are not."Living with Contradictions" does address many of the traditionally "feminist" issues. But it also includes issues not generally recognized as gendered, such as militarism, environmentalism, and the treatment of animals, demonstrating the value of a feminist perspective in these cases. And, far from reflecting any monolithic orthodoxy, the book shows that there is a rich diversity of views on many moral issues among those who share a feminist commitment.Readers can sample a varied selection of papers and essays from books, journals, newspapers, and grassroots newsletters. Covering a wide range of moral issues, this collection refuses to offer simple solutions, choosing instead to reflect the complexities and contradictions facing anyone attempting to live up to feminist ideals in a painfully pre-feminist world.Based on years of the editor's work in the field, imaginatively edited, and including generous introductions for students, this is the ideal text for introducing feminist perspectives into courses in ethics, social ethics, and public policy.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Creditsp. xiii
Introduction Living with Contradictionsp. 1
Equalityp. 13
Sexual Difference and Sexual Equalityp. 18
Reconstructing Sexual Equalityp. 28
Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: a Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politicsp. 39
Women Workingp. 53
Affirmative Action and Comparable Worthp. 62
Reverse Discrimination as Unjustifiedp. 62
Fairness, Meritocracy, and Reverse Discriminationp. 65
The Wage Gap: Myths and Factsp. 73
An Argument against Comparable Worthp. 79
Some Implications of Comparable Worthp. 91
Prostitutionp. 102
Sex Workp. 102
A Most Useful Toolp. 112
Stripperp. 117
Confronting the Liberal Lies about Prostitutionp. 120
What's Wrong with Prostitution?p. 127
International Committee for Prostitutes' Rights World Charter and World Whores' Congress Statementsp. 133
Marketing Femininityp. 143
Representing Women: Pornography, Art, and Popular Culturep. 152
Why Pornography Matters to Feministsp. 152
Pornography, Oppression, and Freedom: a Closer Lookp. 154
Feminism, Moralism, and Pornographyp. 161
False Promises: Feminist Antipornography Legislationp. 165
Racism in Pornography and the Women's Movementp. 171
Confessions of a Feminist Porno Starp. 176
The Cum Shot: Takes on Lesbian and Gay Sexualityp. 178
Mass Market Romance: Pornography for Women is Differentp. 181
Ways of Seeingp. 189
Presenting Women: Fashion and Beautyp. 199
What's Wrong with Being a Sex Object?p. 199
Bibop. 206
The Unadorned Feministp. 208
Chinese Footbindingp. 213
"Do Something About Your Weight"p. 220
Hungerp. 223
Skin Deepp. 229
Mariemep. 232
The Myth of the Perfect Bodyp. 234
Women and the Knife: Cosmetic Surgery and the Colonization of Women's Bodiesp. 239
Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Selfp. 257
Women's Fertility- Individual Choices and Social Constraintsp. 263
Abortionp. 272
Deregulating Abortionp. 272
Women and Children First?p. 273
on Public and Privatep. 275
Abortion and a Woman's Right to Decidep. 281
Parental Consent Laws: Are They a "Reasonable Compromise"?p. 287
Choosing Ourselves: Black Women and Abortionp. 290
A Reproductive Rights Agenda for the 1990sp. 292
The Global Politics of Abortionp. 298
Prenatal and Preconception Sex Choice Technologies: a Path to Femicide?p. 306
Disability Rights Perspectives on Reproductive Technologies and Public Policyp. 310
Abortion through a Feminist Ethics Lensp. 314
Procreative Technology and Procreative Freedomp. 325
The Meanings of Choice in Reproductive Technologyp. 325
Reproductive Rights and Wrongsp. 330
Subtle Forms of Sterilization Abuse: a Reproductive Rights Analysisp. 341
"Informed Consent": The Myth of Voluntarismp. 352
Babies, Heroic Experts, and a Poisoned Earthp. 361
Access to in Vitro Fertilization: Costs, Care, and Consentp. 366
Family Valuesp. 377
Inside the Surrogate Industryp. 387
Contract Child Productionp. 387
Reproductive Freedom and Women's Freedom: Surrogacy and Autonomyp. 395
Contract Motherhood: Social Practice in Social Contextp. 402
Children by Donor Insemination: a New Choice for Lesbiansp. 420
The Facts of Fatherhoodp. 423
The Politics of Childlessnessp. 430
Valuing Alternative Familiesp. 430
When Women and Men Motherp. 432
The Radical Potential in Lesbian Mothering of Daughtersp. 442
A Lesbian Familyp. 446
Black Women and Motherhoodp. 450
The Che-Lumumba School: Creating a Revolutionary Family Communityp. 461
Friends as Family: No One Said It Would Be Easyp. 467
The Personal as Politicalp. 473
The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasmp. 481
Sexual Practicep. 481
Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existencep. 487
Scratching the Surface: Some Notes on Barriers to Women and Lovingp. 490
Virgin Womenp. 494
Heterosexuality and Choicep. 499
Bisexual Feminist Politics: Because Bisexuality is Not Enoughp. 504
Beyond Bisexualp. 510
Sex Resistance in Heterosexual Arrangementsp. 513
Feminine Masochism and the Politics of Personal Transformationp. 519
Feminist Ejaculationsp. 529
Dismantling Oppression: an Analysis of the Connection between Women and Animalsp. 537
Consuming Animalsp. 537
The Sexual Politics of Meatp. 548
Feminism and Vegetarianismp. 557
Hunting: a Woman's Perspectivep. 560
Shots in the Darkp. 563
Some Doubts about Fur Coatsp. 567
Feminists Changing the Worldp. 573
Militarismp. 582
The Protected, the Protector, the Defenderp. 582
The Army Will Make a "Man" out of Youp. 592
"Some of the Best Soldiers Wear Lipstick"p. 598
Surprise! Rape in the Armyp. 609
Our Greenham Common: Feminism and Nonviolencep. 610
Greenham Common and All That ... a Radical Feminist Viewp. 619
Notes toward a Feminist Maternal Peace Politicsp. 621
"They Won't Take Me Alive"p. 628
We Speak for the Planetp. 633
Environmentalismp. 641
Taking Empirical Data Seriously: an Ecofeminist Philosophical Perspectivep. 641
From Healing Herbs to Deadly Drugs: Western Medicine's War against the Natural Worldp. 650
Development, Ecology, and Womenp. 658
Conversations with Gaiap. 666
Searching for Common Ground: Ecofeminism and Bioregionalismp. 672
Women, Home, and Community: the Struggle in an Urban Environmentp. 676
Questioning Sour Grapes: Ecofeminism and the United Farm Workers Grape Boycottp. 680
Stealing the Planetp. 688
Reproductive Choices: the Ecological Dimensionp. 690
Women, Population, and the Environment: Call for a New Approachp. 694
About the Book and Editorp. 697
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ISBN: 9780813317762
ISBN-10: 0813317762
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 724
Published: 26th April 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.08
Edition Number: 1