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February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 2018
Zephyr Institute

Gender Equality and Sexual Difference: Where Does Feminism Go From Here?

In this seminar, participants explored the implications of our embodied sexual difference on our understanding of our moral duties, identity, and purpose as gendered human beings.

Time & Location

February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 2018
Zephyr Institute
560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA

Description

In the past century, our society has made remarkable progress in achieving political and economic equality between men and women. Yet equality is not sameness. Too often the advances of women have come at the cost of suppressing, ignoring, and rejecting their unique capacities and challenges. How can we address the needs of women in modern society in a way that acknowledges sexual difference? What does our embodied sexual difference tell us about our moral duties, identity, and purpose as gendered human beings? How do we understand and celebrate sexual asymmetry without locking women into prescribed gender roles? So many questions. Are there answers? We certainly hope so. Seminar participants read the work of first- and second-wave feminists, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Betty Friedan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, along with transcendental approaches to the question of sexual difference from theologians including Edith Stein and Pope St. John Paul II, in an effort to achieve some clarity concerning this fascinating and controversial topic.

The seminar concluded with the discussion of the ways in which the women's movement has left men with new questions about who they are and what they are called to contribute. Seminar participants explored these questions in light of their scientific context, which served as a starting point for a more properly philosophical account of the nature of the human male and what implications such an account has for the future of feminism.

 

Session 1: First-Wave Feminism

Readings

  • "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions," Woman's Rights Convention, Held at Seneca Falls (1848)

  • Susan B. Anthony, "Social Purity" (1875)

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "The Solitude of Self" (1892)

  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics, selection (1898)

Instructor

  • Molly Oshatz, Ph.D.

 

Session 2: Second-Wave Feminism

Readings

  • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, Chapter 3 (1963)

  • Original NOW platform (1966)

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "Sex Equality and the Constitution" (1978)

  • Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, excerpts (1990)

  • Erika Bachiochi, "Rendering the Sexed Body Legally Invisible: How Transgender Law Hurts Women" (2016)

Instructors

  • Erika Bachiochi, J.D.

  • Molly Oshatz, Ph.D.

 

Session 3: Transcendent Perspectives on Women

Readings

  • Edith Stein, "Ethos of Women's Professions" (1930)

  • John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, sections 6, 7, 10, 14, 18, 30-31 (1988)

  • John Paul II, "Letter to Women" (1995)

  • Erika Bachiochi, "Embodied Caregiving" (2016)

  • Prudence Allen, The Concept of Woman, Volume 3, conclusion (2017)

Instructor

  • Molly Oshatz, Ph.D.

 

Session 4: Men and Women in Relation

Instructors

  • Deborah Savage, Ph.D.

  • Molly Oshatz, Ph.D.

Speakers

ERIKA BACHIOCHI

ERIKA BACHIOCHI

Ethics and Public Policy Center Fellow and Research Fellow, Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA

DEBORAH SAVAGE

DEBORAH SAVAGE

Professor of Philosophy and Theology, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Minnesota

 MOLLY OSHATZ

MOLLY OSHATZ

First Principles Program Director & Senior Fellow

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