PHIL 338A:  Study Questions on Topic #6:  Feminist Critics of Rights

 

1.  Explain and distinguish the following terms (you may use examples): 

public/private sphere

 

2.  MacKinnon says:  "Atrocities committed against women are either too human to fit the notion of female or too female to fit the notion of human."   Consider the statement in two parts:  (a) "Atrocities committed against women are too human to fit the notion of female."  Use an example to explain what this means.  From a moral point of view, is this a problem?  Explain.  (b) "Atrocities committed against women are too female to fit the notion of human."  Use an example to explain what this means.  From a moral point of view, is this a problem?  Explain. 

 

3.  Why does Rao think that domestic violence is a rights violation that does not fit well into standard theories of rights? 

 

4. (a) Explain Rawls's Original Position thought experiment.  (Make sure you explain the 'veil of ignorance'.)  (b) Explain why the choice in Rawls's Original Position thought experiment might be described by Rao as made by a "denatured, dehistoricized, disembodied, disembedded, individual self."  [Explain each term in the list and why it applies to Rawl's Original Position.]  (c) Is the Original Position thought experiment unfair to women's natured, historicized, embodied, embedded selves?  Explain.