Feminist Ethics

Edited by Shay Welch (Spelman College, State University of New York at Binghamton)
About this topic
Summary Feminist ethics covers a range of gender-specific social justice and moral questions.  This sub-discipline is concerned with the values and virtues of both the individual and the community via feminist and woman-centered approaches and responses to mainstream ethics and moral theory, especially liberalism and communitarianism.  More specifically, feminist ethics spans traditional ethics and political philosophy, the public and private domains, and individual vs. community analyses to demonstrate the extent and importance of private values in the public sphere and vice versa.  Additionally, this field aims to highlight deficiencies in philosophies (potentially, conceivably, explicitly) connected to matters of justice due to theoretical and practical gender-based exclusion.  One core goal of this sub-discipline is to broaden philosophical inclusiveness beyond gender concerns by paying attention to and emphasizing issues related to privilege, power, and intersectionality. 
Key works There are a number of anthologies that best represent the contemporary research in Feminist Ethics.  See: Calhoun 2004 (Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers), DesAutels & Waugh 2001 (Feminists Doing Ethics), Meyers 1997 (Feminists Rethink the Self), Calhoun 2006 (Moral Psychology: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory), and Bushnell et al 1995 (Nagging Questions).  Divergent canonical texts include Urban 1998, Anderson 1999, Held 2005, Lugones 1987, and Narayan 1995.
Introductions Lindemann 2005 (An Invitation to Feminist Ethics); Card 1999 (Feminist Ethics and Politics); Whisnant & DesAutels 2010 (Global Feminist Ethics).
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  1. The Ethics of Exclusion in Infertility Care.Richard F. . Storrow - 2011 - Journal of Clinical Research and Bioethics 2 (4).
  2. Book Review: Elizabeth Porter. Recent Contributions to Feminist Ethics: A Review of Feminist Perspectives on Ethics Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education, 1999); James Sterba. Three Challenges to Ethics; and Janna Thompson. Discourse and Knowledge. [REVIEW]Julia J. Aaron - 2004 - Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 19 (2):201-208.
  3. Recent Contributions to Feminist Ethics.Julia J. Aaron - 2004 - Hypatia 19 (2):201-208.
  4. Book Review: Elizabeth Porter. Recent Contributions to Feminist Ethics: A Review of Feminist Perspectives on Ethics Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education, 1999); James Sterba. Three Challenges to Ethics; and Janna Thompson. Discourse and Knowledge. [REVIEW]Julia J. Aaron - 2004 - Hypatia 19 (2):201-208.
  5. Women's Autonomy and Unintended Pregnancies in the Philippines.Teresa Abada & Eric Y. Tenkorang - 2012 - Journal of Biosocial Science 44 (6):703-718.
  6. Beyond Misogyny and Metaphor: Women in Nietzsche's Middle Period.Ruth Abbey - 1996 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (2):233-256.
    This article proposes a third way of reading Nietzsche's remarks on women, one that goes beyond misogyny and metaphor. Taking the depiction of women in the works of the middle period at face value shows that these works neither entirely demean women nor exclude them from the higher life. Nietzsche's middle period comprises HAH (1879-80, which includes "Assorted Opinions and Maxims" and "The Wanderer and His Shadow"), D (1881) and GS (1882). The works of this period do not disqualify women (...)
  7. Gender, Power, and Sexuality.Pamela Abbott & Claire Wallace (eds.) - 1991 - Macmillan.
  8. Effect of Some Progestational Steroids on Lactation in Egyptian Women II. Chemical Composition of Milk During the First Year of Lactation.M. M. Abdel Kader, M. T. Abdel Aziz, R. Bahgat, F. Hefnawi, G. Fawzi & M. H. H. Badraoui - 1976 - Journal of Biosocial Science 8 (1).
  9. Ending Violence Against Women In Indonesia: State Policy And Practice.Abdul Aziz Zarizana - unknown
    Public international law mandates States to promote protect and fulfil human rights. State obligation at the international level is determined by international law which is comprised in the various treaties a State ratifies as well as customary international law. When a State assumes international obligations, it is obliged to comply with its international obligations premised on the due diligence principle. The research critically analyses the evolution, development and application of the due diligence principle in international law and presents a discourse (...)
  10. Hormone Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Gender Dysphoria:An Ethical Analysis.Brendan S. Abel - 2014 - Hastings Center Report 44 (s4):S23-S27.
  11. Collective Protest and the Meritocracy: Faculty Women and Sex Discrimination.Emily Abel - 1981 - Feminist Studies 7 (3):505.
  12. Ian Howard, Swein Forkbeard's Invasions and the Danish Conquest of England, 991–1017. (Warfare in History.) Woodbridge, Eng., and Rochester, N.Y.: Boydell and Brewer, 2003. Pp. Xiv, 188; 14 Black-and-White Figures and Tables. $75. [REVIEW]Richard Abels - 2006 - Speculum 81 (2):533-536.
  13. Norman Scarfe, Suffolk in the Middle Ages: Studies in Places and Place-Names, the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial, Saints, Mummies and Crosses, Domesday Book, and Chronicles of Bury Abbey. Woodbridge, Suffolk; and Dover, NH: Boydell & Brewer, 1986. Pp. X, 176; 25 Black-and-White Photographs, 7 Maps, 3 Drawings. [REVIEW]Richard Abels - 1988 - Speculum 63 (4):992-993.
  14. The Participation of Women in Languedocian Catharism.Richard Abels & Ellen Harrison - 1979 - Mediaeval Studies 41 (1):215-251.
  15. "Women Who Have No Men To Work For Them": Gender And Homelessness In The Great Depression, 1930-1934.Elaine Abelson - 2003 - Feminist Studies 29:105-127.
  16. The Genealogy of Male Domination in the Philippines.Rodrigo Abenes - 2015 - Baybayin 1 (1):23-36.
    Women oppression is a universal reality. She is a victim, the exploited, the dominated and the other. As a postcolonial thinker, I argue that Filipino women have been a victims of the movement of social dialectics. As Philippine society evolved and developed, she had been a victim not only of male domination but also of political economy. This research shows how female subordination and male domination emerged in the Philippines. As such, it contends that there is a blurring identity of (...)
  17. Explanations of Internal Sex Segregation in a Male Dominated Profession : The Police Force.Berit Åberg - 2008 - In Anna G. Jónasdóttir & Kathleen B. Jones (eds.), The Political Interests of Gender Revisited: Redoing Theory and Research with a Feminist Face. United Nations University Press.
  18. The ‘Glass Ceiling’ Phenomenon for Malaysian Women Accountants.Zubaidah Zainal Abidin, Azwan Abdul Rashid & Kamaruzaman Jusoff - 2009 - Asian Culture and History 1 (1):38-44.
    Apparently it was claimed that organisations are often not build to accommodate women’s values, primarily because they entered organisations relatively late, and work in a relatively narrow range of occupations. Given this scenario, men and women experience organisational cultures very differently and perceive gender discrimination as an issue. The number of women with children participating in the paid workforce has increased markedly over recent decades, but many workplaces have not altered their expectations or provided work policies to allow women to (...)
  19. Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science, 1789-1979.Pnina G. Abir-am, Dorinda Outram & Gloria Moldow - 1990 - Science and Society 54 (2):231-233.
  20. Two Women with Multiple Sclerosis and Their Caregivers: Conflicting Normative Expectations.Tineke A. Abma, Barth Oeseburg, Guy Am Widdershoven, Minke Goldsteen & Marian A. Verkerk - 2005 - Nursing Ethics 12 (5):479-492.
    It is not uncommon that nurses are unable to meet the normative expectations of chronically ill patients. The purpose of this article is to describe and illustrate Walker’s expressive-collaborative view of morality to interpret the normative expectations of two women with multiple sclerosis. Both women present themselves as autonomous persons who make their own choices, but who also have to rely on others for many aspects of their lives, for example, to find a new balance between work and social contacts (...)
  21. Mothers and Sons, Fathers and Daughters: The Byzantine Family of Michael Psellos. [REVIEW]Dorothy Abrahamse - 2008 - The Medieval Review 4.
  22. Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the United States.Mimi Abramovitz - 1998 - Science and Society 62 (2):306-308.
  23. Gender Relations in German History Power, Agency and Experience From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century.Lynn Abrams & Elizabeth Harvey - 1996
  24. Is Criminal Law a Solution to Violence Against Women?Marisa Maqueda Abreu - unknown
    This article analises the powerful influence of the feminist thought during the long period of criminal reforms iniciated in Spain in the late 80s and still going on today. The complexity and diversity of points of view inside the feminist movement have contributed to a deep debate on the suitability of criminal law for offering solutions to the violence suffered by women. The perverse effects generated by the growing complicity of a certain feminist sector with the governmental powers, in a (...)
  25. The Regulations of Robbers Legal Fictions of Slavery and Resistance.Christina Accomando - 2001
  26. Factors Influencing Mistimed and Unwanted Pregnancies Among Nepali Women.Pawan Acharya, Rupesh Gautam & Arja R. Aro - 2016 - Journal of Biosocial Science 48 (2):249-266.
  27. Women's Community Activism and the Rejection of 'Politics': Some Dilemmas of Popular Democratic Movements.Martha Ackelsberg - 2005 - In Marilyn Friedman (ed.), Women and Citizenship. Oup Usa. pp. 67--90.
    Ackelsberg investigates women’s activist participation in the National Congress of Neighborhood Women, a Brooklyn association established in 1974–75, which she treats as a model of democratic civic engagement that incorporated differences while avoiding the exclusions of the past. The NCNW assisted poor and working class women in organizing to better meet their needs and those of their communities. It arose in response to the ways women were either ignored or belittled when they attempted to engage in political work both in (...)
  28. Conceiving Politics? Women's Activism And DemocracyIn A Time Of Retrenchment.Martha Ackelsberg - 2001 - Feminist Studies 27:391-418.
  29. Tamar's Cry Re-Reading an Ancient Text in the Midst of an Hiv/Aids Pandemic.Denise Ackerman & Catholic Institute for International Relations - 2002
  30. "Always to Do Ladies, Damosels, and Gentlewomen Succour": Women and the Chivalric Code in Malory's Morte Darthur.Felicia Ackerman - 2002 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 26 (1):1–12.
    I am indebted to many people, especially Dorsey Armstrong, Shannon French, and Kenneth Hodges, for helpful discussions of this material. An early version of this essay was read at the Thirty-Sixth International Congress on Medieval Studies.This essay is dedicated to the glorious memory of Nina Lindsey.
  31. HIV Status and Age at First Marriage Among Women in Cameroon.Timothy Adair - 2008 - Journal of Biosocial Science 40 (5):743-760.
    Summary Recent research has highlighted the risk of HIV infection for married teenage women compared with their unmarried counterparts (Clark, 2004). This study assesses whether a relationship exists, for women who have completed their adolescence (age 20–29 years), between HIV status with age at first marriage and the length of time between first sex and first marriage. Multivariate analysis utilizing the nationally representative 2004 Cameroon Demographic and Health Survey shows that late-marrying women and those with a longer period of pre-marital (...)
  32. Gender/Body/Machine.Alison Adam - 2002 - Ratio 15 (4):354–375.
    This article considers the question of embodiment in relation to gender and whether there are models of artificial intelligence (AI) which can enrol a concept of gender in their design. A central concern for feminist epistemology is the role of the body in the making of knowledge. I consider how this may inform a critique of the AI project and the related area of artificial life (A-Life), the latter area being of most interest in this paper. I explore briefly the (...)
  33. Cyberstalking and Internet Pornography: Gender and the Gaze. [REVIEW]Alison Adam - 2002 - Ethics and Information Technology 4 (2):133-142.
    This paper is based on the premise that the analysis of some cyberethics problems would benefit from a feminist treatment. It is argued that both cyberstalking and Internet child pornography are two such areas which have a `gendered' aspect which has rarely been explored in the literature. Against a wide ranging feminist literature of potential relevance, the paper explores a number of cases through a focused approach which weaves together feminist concepts of privacy and the gaze.
  34. Deleting the Subject: A Feminist Reading of Epistemology in Artificial Intelligence.Alison Adam - 2000 - Minds and Machines 10 (2):231-253.
    This paper argues that AI follows classical versions of epistemology in assuming that the identity of the knowing subject is not important. In other words this serves to `delete the subject''. This disguises an implicit hierarchy of knowers involved in the representation of knowledge in AI which privileges the perspective of those who design and build the systems over alternative perspectives. The privileged position reflects Western, professional masculinity. Alternative perspectives, denied a voice, belong to less powerful groups including women. Feminist (...)
  35. Does Gender Matter in Computer Ethics?Alison Adam & Jacqueline Ofori-Amanfo - 2000 - Ethics and Information Technology 2 (1):37-47.
  36. Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice.Carol J. Adams - 2011 - University of Illinois Press.
  37. Bringing Peace Home: A Feminist Philosophical Perspective on the Abuse of Women, Children, and Pet Animals.Carol J. Adams - 1994 - Hypatia 9 (2):63 - 84.
    In this essay, I connect the sexual victimization of women, children, and pet animals with the violence manifest in a patriarchal culture. After discussing these connections, I demonstrate the importance of taking seriously these connections because of their implications for conceptual analysis, epistemology, and political, environmental, and applied philosophy. My goal is to broaden our understanding of issues relevant to creating peace and to provide some suggestions about what must be included in any adequate feminist peace politics.
  38. Neither Man nor Beast: Feminism and the Defense of Animals.Carol J. Adams - 1994 - Continuum.
    In just a few years, the book became an underground classic. Neither Man Nor Beast takes Adams' thought one step further.
  39. Individualism, Efficiency, and Domesticity: Ideological Aspects of the Exploitation of Farm Families and Farm Women. [REVIEW]Jane Adams - 1995 - Agriculture and Human Values 12 (4):2-17.
    A complex conjuncture of ideological constructions obscured and rationalized the systematic exploitation of farm women. First, farming and homemaking, to which people cling in an attempt to avert the alienation of wage labor, provide a basis for evaluating one's labor in terms that, ironically, makes them vulnerable to super-exploitation. Second, agrarian ideologies, with their strongly patriarchal bias, did not allow women to understand themselves as public actors. Modernizing elite ideologies, specifically the equation of entrepreneurial individualism and efficiency with “progress” and (...)
  40. Of Female Bondage.Parveen Adams - 1989 - In Teresa Brennan (ed.), Between Feminism and Psychoanalysis. Routledge. pp. 247--65.
  41. Feminist Organizing for Change the Contemporary Women's Movement in Canada.Nancy Adamson, Linda Briskin & Margaret Mcphail - 1988
  42. Malign Neglect: Assessing Older Women's Health Care Experiences in Prison.Ronald Aday & Lori Farney - 2014 - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 11 (3):359-372.
    The problem of providing mandated medical care has become commonplace as correctional systems in the United States struggle to manage unprecedented increases in its aging prison population. This study explores older incarcerated women’s perceptions of prison health care policies and their day-to-day survival experiences. Aggregate data obtained from a sample of 327 older women residing in prison facilities in five Southern states were used to identify a baseline of health conditions and needs for this vulnerable group. With an average of (...)
  43. Moral Passages: Toward a Collectivist Moral Theory.Kathryn Pyne Addelson - 1994 - Routledge.
    In Moral Passages, Kathryn Pyne Addelson presents an original moral theory suited for contemporary life and its moral problems. Her basic principle is that knowledge and morality are generated in collective action, and she develops it through a critical examination of theories in philosophy, sociology and women's studies, most of which hide the collective nature and as a result hide the lives and knowledge of many people. At issue are the questions of what morality is, and how moral theories (whether (...)
  44. Impure Thoughts: Essays on Philosophy, Feminism, & Ethics.Kathryn Pyne Addelson - 1991 - Temple University Press.
  45. Reading the Aesthetics and Philosophemes of Black Writing.Sandra A. Adell - 1989 - Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
    In recent years the complex ensemble of literature, literary theory and criticism, and philosophy has been problematized. This has given rise to a sharp debate concerning the status of black-specific-writing. This dissertation intervenes in this debate in an effort to "retrieve" what is most often ignored or forgotten--namely, that Black literature and criticism by definition rely on Continental thought. The dissertation shows how Black literature and criticism are implicated in the ensemble, and takes the position that until the unthought "ground" (...)
  46. Making Bodies, Making History Feminism & German Identity.Leslie A. Adelson - 1993
  47. Discourses of Stress, Social Inequities, and the Everyday Worlds of First Nations Women in a Remote Northern Canadian Community.Naomi Adelson - 2008 - Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 36 (3):316-333.
  48. Discourses of Stress, Social Inequities, and the Everyday Worlds of First Nations Women in a Remote Northern Canadian Community.Naomi Adelson - 2008 - Ethos 36 (3):316-333.
  49. Transcending Gender and Sex: Ethical Implications for Identities, Ambiguities and Interrelations.Oluwaseun Adeola Adenugba - 2012 - Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics 3 (1).
  50. Claudia Aradau and Rens Van Munster, Politics of Catastrophe: Genealogies of the Unknown.Peter Adey - 2012 - Radical Philosophy 176:53.
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