A Theory of Freedom: Feminism and the Social Contract by Shay Welch (auth.)

By Shay Welch (auth.)

This ebook deals a liberatory belief of person freedom that uniquely responds to the issues of social oppression and calls for of the interrelatedness insofar because it pertains particularly to the social area of activity.

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Less dramatically, women need to be able to speak and be listened to as a valuable source of information and not be regarded as a valuable source of entertainment. I believe it impossible for women to participate politically in a meaningful sense if they have reason to fear their “fellow” community members outside of that space. For this reason, I argue in the next chapter that community members, relations, and institutions must approximate the values associated with the friendship relation if individuals hope to find themselves positioned in relation to one another as possessors, exercisers, and facilitators of social freedom.

By internalizing character distortions expressed in cultural media, members of oppressed groups experience a distinctive form of social oppression that is the upshot of subjugation to negative and demeaning portrayals of their social group: psychological oppression. Sandra Bartky defines psychological oppression as the experience of being weighed down within one’s own mind (Bartky 1990). This form of domination reduces the individual’s self-esteem so that there is no need for an external oppressor.

The political sphere, usually understood with some reference to the state, is the site of political institutions, where individuals interact with political authority and with one another as citizens. Thus, interaction in the political sphere creates political relations where individuals engage in public, political discourse about questions of DEFINING THE DOMAIN 21 the Right. The Right concerns questions of justice and the minimum conditions for individual rights within the political sphere that secure individual freedom outside of it.

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