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Helpmate or dead weight?

Posted by luno in political philosophy, philosophy and sex, sex differences, Mill, J. S., feminism (Friday August 31, 2007 at 11:18 am)
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Notes on J. S. Mill, The Subjection of Women, chapter 4
[All emphasis in the quoted passages is added by me.]
The self-worship of the monarch, or of the feudal superior, is matched by the self-worship of the male. Human beings do not grow up from childhood in the possession of unearned distinctions, without pluming themselves upon […]

Nudas Veritas

Posted by luno in political philosophy, philosophy and sex, pornography, male criminality, feminism (Thursday August 16, 2007 at 12:47 pm)
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Notes on Catherine MacKinnon, “Pornography: On Morality and Politics”
In contemporary industrial society, pornography is an industry that mass produces sexual intrusion on, sexual access to, possession and use of women by and for men for profit. It exploits women’s sexual and economic inequality for gain.
This understanding of the reality of pornography must contend not only […]

Types of integrity

Posted by luno in sex differences, Moral Consciousness, Deontology, Utilitarianism, feminism, Moral Theory (Thursday January 4, 2007 at 1:18 pm)
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Notes on Cheshire Calhoun,“Standing for Something.”
[Against the background of some contemporary conceptions of integrity as a virtue, Calhoun will argue that this virtue, whatever private merit it may have, is in the end a “master” social virtue not only because of its deployment of so many other virtues but because of its critical role in […]

Weininger’s wake and Woolf’s ire

Posted by iaia in Woolf, feminism, Weininger (Friday September 22, 2006 at 2:02 pm)
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Notes on Virginia Woolf and Otto Weininger
In the October 2, 1920 issue of The New Statesman (p.704), Desmond MacCarthy, writing as “Affable Hawk”, reviewed Arnold Bennett’s just published Our Women. MacCarthy mentioned in passing, and somewhat in support of Bennett’s views, Otto Weininger’s Sex & Character, which first appeared in English in 1906. (A book […]

A society of distaff inquisitives

Posted by luno in Woolf, sex differences, feminism (Friday September 22, 2006 at 12:54 pm)
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In Woolf’s story, “A Society”, from the early collection, Monday or Tuesday (1921), a group of young women set out to investigate and evaluate the world by forming “a society for asking questions”.
Clorinda says,
…We have gone on all these ages supposing that men were equally industrious, and that their works were of equal merit. […]

The view from her room

Posted by luno in Woolf, misogyny, wake, philosophy and sex, feminism, Weininger (Wednesday September 20, 2006 at 1:27 pm)
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Notes on:
Virginia Woolf, A Room’s of Our Own.
[Paragraph, not page, numbers appear in brackets.]
Chapter One
All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point—a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of […]

Nuts and berries and masturbation

Posted by luno in prostitution, philosophy and sex, female criminality, marriage, sex differences, feminism (Monday August 21, 2006 at 2:25 pm)
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Notes on:
Carole Pateman, “Defending Prostitution: Charges against Ericsson.”
[See also Ericsson on prostitution.]
Feminists do not see prostitution as unacceptable because it distributes benefits and burdens unequally; rather, to use Ericsson’s language of inequality, because prostitution is grounded in the inequality of domination and subjection. The problem of domination is both denied by and hidden behind Ericsson’s […]

“Man Divided”

Posted by luno in parity, philosophy and sex, sex differences, feminism (Wednesday August 9, 2006 at 12:23 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.
The element of indeterminacy due to androgyny is the exception, sexual identity is the rule.
“Mixity” is the state of being governed by both principles. [It points to a universal bisexuality. Cf, Aristophanes (in part), Fleiss, Freud, Weininger, etc. But Agacinski’s concern is largely with mixity external to the individual […]

“Versions of Difference”

Posted by luno in parity, Heterocosmos, sex differences, feminism (Tuesday August 8, 2006 at 12:40 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.

Nature gives the two; cultures invent a multiplicity of possible variations of this duality. Humans are very imaginative in front of the sexes.
[Weininger asserted that even nature gives us the two in a vast multiplicity of variations: No two sexed individuals are sexed in quite the same way. Sex, […]

“Freedom and Fecundity”

Posted by luno in parity, de Beauvoir, motherhood, abortion, sex differences, feminism (Monday August 7, 2006 at 1:37 pm)
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Notes on:
Sylviane Agacinski, Parity of the Sexes.
[Agacinski, in this chapter, critiques Simone de Beauvoir. She does so, in our view, with considerable accuracy. Beauvoir is complicit, like J. S. Mill before her and many since (Susan Miller Okin, in particular, here, since Agacinski mentions her by name), in buying into a central doctrine that has, […]

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