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Autonomy, Gender, Politics

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  4 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Women have historically been prevented from living autonomously by systematic injustice, subordination, and oppression. The lingering effects of these practices have prompted many feminists to view autonomy with suspicion. Here, Marilyn Friedman defends the ideal of feminist autonomy. In her eyes, behavior is autonomous if it accords with the wants, cares, values, or commi ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA
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While Friedman's account of autonomy is often difficult to pin down, her discussion is interesting and comprehensive. However, there does not seem to be a consistent account, or line of argument, that runs through the book. The first half is relatively continuous, but it's hard to see the relevance of certain chapters in the last part. In particular, it would have been nice to see Friedman offer some specific critiques or proposals. While often alluding to the complex nature of the intersection ...more
Sigh. Yet another modern feminist work that feels like a good idea with poor execution. The chapters don't support a thoroughgoing argument. Though the initial idea sounds very interesting: (autonomy is best conceived of as a content-neutral and minimal capacity of critical endorsement .... what does this mean for feminism?)

The book never really addresses this difficult question head on, and is more of a negative project or critical literature review. I think Friedman is trying to set this book
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