Category: feminism

Abortion, Sex, and the Limits of Morality - Part II

Lessons for moral theory taken from the morality of abortion
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Utility and women
In the realm of ethics, the notion of rights is little more than three centuries old, that of utility less, that of virtue two millenia. But that of care we must assume is pre-historic.
There seem to be very few utilitarian philosophers who are women. […]

Stephenson: crime is a masculine statement (I)

Posted by luno in Criminality, philosophy and sex, rape, female criminality, sex differences, feminism, male criminality, Moral Theory (Sunday November 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm)
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Bianco Luno’s notes on June Stephenson’s Men are Not Cost-Effective

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Editor’s Introduction
“Women and men do not participate equally in crime. The disparity is so extreme, ancient, and immanent that it long ago should have garnered serious attention from philosophers for what it signals about the only two kinds of moral consciousness.” So […]

Baumeister: an apology for men (I)

Posted by luno in rape, philosophy and sex, sex differences, feminism (Wednesday October 6, 2010 at 11:00 am)
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Bianco Luno’s notes on Roy F. Baumeister’s “Is There Anything Good About Men?” (American Psychological Association, Invited Address, 2007)

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Editor’s Introduction
Baumeister intends a corrective to a popular view that favors the qualities of women over men. That view, which usually takes feminist form, arises as a reaction to a history of social and political […]

Baumeister: an apology for men (II)

Posted by luno in philosophy and sex, sex differences, feminism (Wednesday October 6, 2010 at 11:00 am)
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Notes on Roy F. Baumeister’s “Is There Anything Good About Men?” (American Psychological Association, Invited Address, 2007) Part II
Text in black below is from Baumeister’s address. Text in blue is Luno’s commentary, unless otherwise noted.

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Men and Culture
This provides a new basis for understanding gender politics and inequality.
The generally accepted view is that back […]

An orgy of agony

Posted by iaia in misogyny, Richardson, H. H., philosophy and sex, Heterocosmos, feminism, Weininger (Friday April 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm)
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Henry Handel Richardson
and Otto Weininger1
He is always guest in her house. Always hers, always guest.
—Bianco Luno*

My grievance is that in their eyes I count for nothing…
—Clarice Lispector2

The allusions to Otto Weininger in Henry Handel (Ethel Florence Lindesay) Richardson’s 1908 novel Maurice Guest3 have been documented and accompanied with predictable surmises about Weininger’s contribution to the […]

Stein’s degenerating women

Posted by iaia in Stein, philosophy and sex, motherhood, feminism, Weininger (Wednesday March 25, 2009 at 1:06 pm)
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Introduction and Text
Gertrude Stein’s paper “Degeneration In American Women” first appears in the Appendix to biographer Brenda Wineapple’s 1996 book Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Stein. Wineapple writes:
I found the following essay in a nondescript folder tucked among the miscellaneous papers of Mary Mackall Gwinn Hodder.* Eight pages long, typed on legal-sized paper, and titled […]

On being criminal, Jewish, a woman, Woolf, Weininger, Wittgenstein, Rhees and Russia

Posted by luno in Woolf, misogyny, Marx, political philosophy, anti-Semitism, feminism, suicide, Wittgenstein, Weininger (Friday January 11, 2008 at 7:51 pm)
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Notes on Rush Rhees, “Postscript” (on Wittgenstein)
Editor’s note: Luno comments on Rush Rhees’ published recollections, a chief source for biographical understanding of certain perceived peculiarities of Wittgenstein’s makeup, specifically, his relationship to his Jewishness, to Otto Weininger, women, and politics. In the course of these notes, Luno offers one of his more remarkable summations of […]

Too much of a good thing…

Posted by luno in philosophy and sex, sex differences, feminism, Moral Theory (Wednesday September 26, 2007 at 12:22 pm)
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Wolf does not consider moral perfection “a model of personal well-being.” She disagrees with the assumption “that one ought to be as morally good as possible.” Either we must make our ideals more “palatable” or, as she will argue, tinker with what we mean when we affirm a moral theory. She explores what is wrong with being a moral saint.

“if the preference be natural, there can be no necessity for enforcing it by law”

Posted by luno in political philosophy, Mill, H. T., Freud, philosophy and sex, Mill, J. S., sex differences, feminism (Friday September 7, 2007 at 1:39 pm)
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Notes on Harriet Taylor Mill, The Enfranchisement of Women
[The essay first appeared in the Westminster Review (1851), then in 1868 in a pamphlet under her name, and in John Stuart Mill’s Dissertations and Discussions in 1875. After some confusion as to its authorship, J. S. Mill attributed the essay to Harriet Taylor (1807–1858). Mill elaborated […]

“The profoundest knowledge of the laws of the formation of character”

Posted by luno in political philosophy, philosophy and sex, sex differences, Mill, J. S., feminism (Friday August 31, 2007 at 12:27 pm)
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Notes on J. S. Mill, The Subjection of Women, chapter 1
[The “feeling” Mill addresses is that the legal subordination of women is somehow justified.]
…So long as opinion is strongly rooted in the feelings, it gains rather than loses instability by having a preponderating weight of argument against it. For if it were accepted as a […]

 
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