Philosophy Inequality Between Men and Women Discussion Questions
I’m trying to learn for my Philosophy class and I’m stuck. Can you help?
1. How does Janice Steil explain the persistence of the inequality between men and women in contemporary (different sex) marriage?
2. What is the unjustified assumption Jean Grimshaw finds in the three feminist writers she discusses. Explain.
Reply to my classmates answer to the 3rd question, if you agree or not and an explanation
3.Which are the two natural responses to the realization that the Western vies of human nature is biased against women? What are the problems with these responses? Is there a better solution?
Genevieve Lloyd posits that the two natural critiques of the Traditional Western View as sexist are problematic and do not correctly refute the traditional view. The first of these critiques would be that women possess as much reason as men and therefore are equal. Lloyd says this is problematic as it is an admission that Plato’s and Aristotle’s beliefs about the superiority of reason are valid, and as reason is largely associated with men by these Greek philosophers, it affirms the idea that reason is a “male trait” and is the highest virtue, which one could take to mean that men are superior to women. The second refutation of the Traditional Western View revolves around elevating traits that have been associated with women, such as emotion and warmth. Lloyd also believes this has problems because it relegates women to companions of men who provide the counterbalance of emotion to the “male trait” of reason. Though I think Lloyd does make valid points, I don’t necessarily agree with her logic. I think reason has only been associated with men because of pre-existing sexism and inequities, and I think it is incorrect to say that claiming women have just as much reason as men indirectly supports Aristotle’s views.