Challenging Liberalism: Feminism as Political Critique by Lisa H. Schwartzman

By Lisa H. Schwartzman

Questions on the relevance and price of varied liberal options are on the center of vital debates between feminist philosophers and social theorists. even if many feminists invoke innovations akin to rights, equality, autonomy, and freedom in arguments for liberation, a few try and stay away from them, noting that they could additionally make stronger and perpetuate oppressive social constructions. In Challenging Liberalism Schwartzman explores the explanations why thoughts resembling rights and equality can occasionally toughen oppression. She argues that yes kinds of abstraction and individualism are important to liberal technique and that those provide upward push to a couple of difficulties. Drawing at the paintings of feminist ethical, political, and felony theorists, she constructs an procedure that employs those options, whereas viewing them from inside a critique of social relatives of strength.

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Questions about the relevance and cost of varied liberal options are on the middle of vital debates between feminist philosophers and social theorists. even though many feminists invoke techniques similar to rights, equality, autonomy, and freedom in arguments for liberation, a few try to keep away from them, noting that they could additionally toughen and perpetuate oppressive social constructions.

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22 Because the government is not the sole source of power in a society, it is not the only power that is capable of depriving people of their rights. ) Given that a nongovernmental hierarchy such as gender involves relations of power, it seems that individuals should also be entitled to rights against systematic sexist harms, whether or not the government explicitly instigates these harms. While MacKinnon focuses primarily on the ways that liberal conceptions of rights and equality do not adequately address issues of gender injustice, similar arguments can and have been made about race and class and about various combinations of gender, race, and class oppression.

Rather, I am addressing the problem of Dworkin’s distinguishing rights from goals as if they were mutually exclusive. Viewing rights also as goals (and not in opposition to them), one faces the need to strive to achieve the conditions in which all people can exercise rights—conditions under which rights are possessed in more than a merely formal sense. Furthermore, I do not mean to suggest that the Constitution should not protect the goal of equality or that equality should be left up to the whims of whoever is currently in power.

Such procedures, however, maintain the status quo, and social power structures must be changed if people’s right to equality is to be achieved. If the state wants to promote this right for all its citizens, it must 32 A Feminist Critique of Liberalism concern itself specifically with the goal of rectifying current (and pervasive) inequalities. In the absence of such concern, current hierarchies are reinforced and perpetuated. As MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin explain, “We need to establish a legal imperative toward equality.

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