Gender Justice

Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 6 (2):1-24 (2012)
  Copy   BIBTEX


I propose, defend and illustrate a principle of gender justice meant to capture the nature of a variety of injustices based on gender: A society is gender just only if the costs of a gender-neutral lifestyle are, all other things being equal, lower than, or at most equal to, the costs of gendered lifestyles. The principle is meant to account for the entire range of gender injustice: violence against women, economic and legal discrimination, domestic exploitation, the gendered division of labor and gendered socialization. The sense of “costs” employed is similarly wide. Costs can be material , psychological and social . I defend the principle by appeal to the values at the core of liberal egalitarian justice: equality of access and the good of individual choice. I illustrate my case through a discussion of the injustice of a gendered division of labor. Some feminists doubt that liberal egalitarianism has the theoretical resources to recognize the unjust nature of the gendered division of labor. I argue that it does. If the principle advanced here is correct, then gender injustice is pervasive. At the same, it does not affect only women but also men. Liberal egalitarianism is capable of acknowledging this fact without denying that, overall, gender norms oppress women more than they oppress men: Arguably, women who wish to lead a gender-neutral lifestyle have to pay higher costs that men who wish to do the same

Similar books and articles

Gender Justice.Anca Gheaus - 2012 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 6 (1):1-25.
We fight for roses too: time-use and global gender justice.Alison M. Jaggar - 2013 - Journal of Global Ethics 9 (2):115 - 129.
Food Sovereignty and Gender Justice.Mark Navin - 2015 - In Jill Marie Dieterle (ed.), Just Food: Philosophy, Justice and Food. Rowman & Littlefield International. pp. 87-100.
A Prolegomena to Gender Justice.Alexander Schimpf - unknown - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association:175-186.
Ordeals, women and gender justice.Anca Gheaus - 2021 - Economics and Philosophy 37 (1):8-22.
Food Sovereignty and Gender Justice.Anne Portman - 2018 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 31 (4):455-466.


Added to PP

1,345 (#699)

6 months
99 (#171,526)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Anca Gheaus
Central European University

References found in this work

Equality of what?Amartya Sen - 1987 - In John Rawls & Sterling M. McMurrin (eds.), Liberty, equality, and law: selected Tanner lectures on moral philosophy. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
After The Family Wage.Nancy Fraser - 1994 - Political Theory 22 (4):591-618.

Add more references