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The Equality Illusion
Excellent book in activist feminism by Kat Banyard, founder of UK Feminista, citing my Sex, Culture, and Justice.
Andrea Dworkin Commemorative Conference (2006)
The Andrea Dworkin Commemorative Conference was held at the Centre for the Study of Social Justice (CSSJ), University of Oxford, in 2006. You can hear the podcasts of the day here, with thanks to the CSSJ for allowing them to be posted. Session 1: Sheila Jeffreys, “Not just about pornography: the radical politics of Andrea Dworkin” Alison Assiter, “Pornography: its significance for feminism” Session 2: Finn McKay, “Prostitution and Andrea Dworkin’s relevance to young feminists” Valerie Bryson, “Andrea Dworkin, feminist political thought, and the role of men” Session 3: Michael Moorcock, “Andrea Dworkin’s fiction” Julie Bindel, “Myths about Andrea Dworkin” John Stoltenberg, “What Andrea knew about her work” Plenary session: Professor Catharine…
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BBC Radio 4 “Woman’s Hour”
I made a live appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, discussing ideas from Sex, Culture, and Justice in the context of a debate on cosmetic surgery and the concept of ‘normal’, on 31st July 2012. You can listen to the debate right here via the sound file below. The segment begins at 33m, I am on at 37m.
UK Feminista Thinkpiece
Edited excerpt from Sex, Culture, and Justice published by UK Feminista as their first Thinkpiece on “Cosmetic Surgery, Culture, and Choice”. Find it here.
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“The Family as a Basic Institution”: A Feminist Analysis of the Basic Structure as Subject
in Ruth Abbey (ed.), Feminist Interpretations of Rawls (Penn State Press, 2013). In Section 50 of Justice as Fairness: A Restatement, titled “The Family as a Basic Institution”, John Rawls replies to Susan Moller Okin’s feminist critique of A Theory of Justice. The question of how Rawlsian justice might secure gender equality has been discussed by many feminists, most notably by Okin. However, as I argue in this chapter, the Rawls-Okin debate raises more questions than it answers. Okin criticises Rawls for failing to apply his theory adequately to the family: she criticises not Rawls’s approach in general, but his attitude to the family in particular. Okin argues that a consistent application of…
In Michael Freeden, Marc Stears and Lyman Tower Sargeant (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies (Oxford University Press, 2013).
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What kind of dialogue do we need? Gender, deliberative democracy and comprehensive values
(with Phil Parvin) in Jude Browne (ed.) Dialogue, Politics and Gender (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
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Sex, Culture, and Justice: The Limits of Choice
(Penn State University Press, 2008) Autonomy is fundamental to liberalism. But autonomous individuals often choose to do things that harm themselves or undermine their equality. In particular, women often choose to participate in practices of sexual inequality—cosmetic surgery, gendered patterns of work and childcare, makeup, restrictive clothing, or the sexual subordination required by membership in certain religious groups. In this book, Chambers argues that this predicament poses a fundamental challenge to many existing liberal and multicultural theories that dominate contemporary political philosophy. Click on the book title to see more.
in Catriona McKinnon (ed.) Issues in Political Theory (Oxford University Press, 2008; 2nd ed, 2012 ; 3rd ed. 2014; 4th ed. forthcoming).
Masculine domination, radical feminism and change
in Feminist Theory Vol. 6 No. 3 (December 2005).
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Autonomy and equality in cultural perspective: Response to Sawitri Saharso
in Feminist Theory Vol. 5 No. 3 (December 2004).
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Are breast implants better than female genital mutilation? Autonomy, gender equality and Nussbaum’s political liberalism
in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP) Vol. 7 No. 3 (Autumn 2004).