Feminist Philosophy

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Throughout most of history women had fewer legal rights, career opportunities, and overall a smaller voice. In today’s society, women in most nations won the right to vote, increased their educational and job opportunities, and fought for and accomplished a reevaluation of traditional views of their role in society. What society in the past has defined as the role of a woman, is now becoming more blurred as the woman of today are more aware, involved, and educated. Women today are capable of doing the duties of a man, and sometime even excelling at it. Therefore, the study of feminist philosophy is definitely a positive contribution to philosophy.
One common objection to the study of feminist philosophy is, “Feminist philosophy is of interest only to women, not to men.” In response to this, those who object feminist philosophy believe that it only addresses the female perspective of dualism. Schott explains the alliances between masculinity and femininity and the relevance of feminist philosophy to both women and men. I agree with Schott in that the existence of masculinity is dependent on the existence of femininity and vice versa. Both are necessary in order for the other to exist. It would work in the best interest of the man to understand feminist philosophy. Understanding the history and composition of women would allow for healthier relationships between those of the opposite sex, even resulting in lower divorce rates amongst married couples.
A second common objection is that, “Feminism posits a natural dualism between the sexes and therefore is not relevant to women today.” Schott explains that women today have gained equality and have proved that they can do everything a man can do. However feminism requires a woman to be labeled as such. There are other factors to consider for the natural dualism between sexes, one for example, is the anatomy…...

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