through better contracts? Carole Pateman’s The Sexual Contract suggests that the problem is not women’s “inability” to negotiate for themselves, to. The Sexual Contract: Carole Pateman: In her most famous work, The Sexual Contract (), Pateman challenged the liberal idea that the power of the state. The Sexual Contract [Carole Pateman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this remarkably original work of political philosophy, one of.

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The Disorder of Women: The author shows how we are told only half the story of the original contract that establishes modern patriarchy. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Simply inserting women into the traditional male-oriented paradigm is not enough; it leaves matters in the domestic sphere very distorted as women act as “equals” in one sphere while still carrying the traditional domestic or private sphere that is necessary for the care of children and the elderly.

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For example, on pagePateman says: Great theorists, in my views, revolutionize how we think about society and promote productive policies that create economic growth, prosperity, optimism. One of the main targets of the book is those who try to turn contractarian theory to progressive use, and a major thesis of the book is that this is not possible.

One of her most intriguing arguments is that the marriage contract implicitly binds the woman to the man, creating a relationship between a master and his servant. Trivia About The Sexual Contract.

Western women and modernity is so thorough that it provides a model for the analysis of many other situations, not the least of which she alludes to herself in this book and goes on to explore in later works, that of racial oppression. I should have read it first before having read Charles Mill’s the “Racial Contract” for it is clear that much of his work leans heavily on her work.


Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. According to her, if we take at face value what demonstrably is recognizable as modern patriarchy and allow its implied exploitative meanings of dominance to act as a “stand-in” for reality, that is, as “the extant social contract,” we are engaging in a dangerous and unnecessary form of self-delusion, a form that denies the rights and genuine freedoms of more than half the human population.

The second takeaway was that women, despite having gotten many legal rights, won’t really achieve equality in a system that assumes that its free individuals have their domestic needs taken care of, as men used to have, and so are free to give the bulk of their time and effort to matters in the civil sphere jobs, politics, etc.

Open Preview See a Problem? That is not the case here. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. In the author’s words, “In contract theory universal freedom is always a hypothesis, a story, a political fiction.

Start reading The Sexual Contract on your Kindle in under a minute. She doesn’t use these disclaimers as outs though – they only add to the strength and realism to her reasoning.

The Sexual Contract

Fantastic for those feminists!! Rape was is not seen to be possible within marriage because wives were are seen as having contracted away their sexual choice. First, that since all classical social contract theorists were men writing about dividing up the ‘goods’ of social organizations, they must have included women in those lists of goods even though none seem to do so explicitly.

Published inthe book analyses the classic political theory of social contract through the lens of feminism and democratic theory. However, the reader is more than two-thirds of the way through the book before she makes this point.

One of the main targets of the book is those who try to turn contractarian theory to progressive use, and a major thesis of the book is that this is not possible. The author offers a sweeping challenge to conventional understandings- of both left and right- of actual contracts in everyday life: Pateman offers a sensible and attainable solution and offers a look at gender relations that isn’t steeped in anger, but maintains an urgency.


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Thus those feminists who have looked to a more “proper” contract- one between genuinely equal partners, or one entered into without any coercion- are misleading themselves. To ask other readers questions about The Sexual Contractplease sign up.

Stanford University Press- Social Science – pages. Second Treatise of Government Hackett Classics. My hat is off to Pateman. In the author’s words, “In contract theory universal freedom is always a hypothesis, a story, a political fiction. She demonstrates that although we cannot generalize the natures of men, we can analyze and criticize the obligations that our caro,e contractual language creates for women.

Are relations between women and men to be politically free, and is there to be collective participation in the task sexuap deciding what is to be produced and how it is to be produced; or is political right to be exercised by men, husbands, bosses, civil masters?

I’ve met Pateman on many occasions, and I think it’s important to know about her other strange political views. Thick, repetitive, but an interesting look at the contract theorists, a taking apart of the idea that contract theory supports equality among the sexes.

Ivuoma rated it really liked it Sep 08, Contract always generates political right in the forms of domination and subordination. One could make the argument that this oversight or prejudice is due to the era in which Pateman was writing, but this seems weak for two reasons. Kelsey Jackson rated it really liked it Jun 28, It’s quite easy to follow her train of thought.

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