"Nagging" Questions: Feminist Ethics in Everyday Life / Edition 1

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In this anthology of new and classic articles, fifteen noted feminist philosophers explore contemporary ethical issues that uniquely affect the lives of women. These issues in applied ethics include autonomy, responsibility, sexual harassment, women in the military, new technologies for reproduction, surrogate motherhood, pornography, abortion, nonfeminist women and others. Whether generated by old social standards or intensified by recent technology, these dilemmas all pose persistent, "nagging," questions that cry out for answers. Unlike other anthologies in feminist ethics, this book encourages critical thinking about concrete, contemporary social and moral issues. Each engaging, clearly written article is followed by discussion questions, making the book useful for students of women's studies, philosophy, sociology, and political science.

Author Biography: Dana E. Bushnell is assistant professor of philosophy at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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Editorial Reviews

. . . essays are very well chosen . . . introductory essay is very clear and very basic.
Judith Andre
An unusually strong and fresh collection of essays, provocative, well written, varied in philosophical approach and covering an interesting array of important issues.
Alison M. Jaggar
The philosophical essays collected in this volume not only offer illuminating perspectives on a variety of practical concerns, many of which are of special interest to younger women, but also provide fresh insight into such perennial philosophical issues as autonomy, choice and responsibility.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847680078
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: New Feminist Perspectives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana E. Bushnell is assistant professor of philosophy at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Philosophy and Feminism 1
2 Feminism and Autonomy 17
3 Oppression and Victimization: Choice and Responsibility 41
4 Right-Wing Women: Causes, Choices, and Blaming the Victim 77
5 Sexual Harassment, the Acquiescent Plaintiff, and the "Unwelcomeness" Requirement 105
6 Women, Equality, and the Military 123
7 New Reproductive Technologies 147
8 Markets in Women's Reproductive Labor 169
9 Privacy and Reproductive Liberty 193
10 Coerced Birth Control and Sexual Discrimination 241
11 Is IVF Research a Threat to Women's Autonomy? 267
12 To Be or Not Be a Woman: Anorexia Nervosa, Normative Gender Roles, and Feminism 287
13 Women and the Knife: Cosmetic Surgery and the Colonization of Women's Bodies 305
14 Beauty's Punishment: How Feminists Look at Pornography 335
15 Feminine Masochism and the Politics of Personal Transformation 361
Index 385
About the Contributors 403
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