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Perfectionism and Contemporary Feminist Values
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Although formal barriers to women's social and political participation have crumbled, society remains, to a significant degree, gendered in the roles that women and men play. Women's and men's choices regarding work and family are largely responsible for maintaining and reinforcing the differences. While feminists recognize the need to criticize women's choices, too often they focus on restrictive conditions rather than the choices themselves. Kimberly A. Yuracko argues instead that encouraging women to make choices in accordance with a grounded and well-defined conception of perfectionism -- a philosopy concerned with human flourishing -- is the most effective way to redress persistent gender inequality. To this end, Yuracko seeks not only to expose the perfectionism underlying current choice critiques, but to articulate a concrete set of feminist perfectionist principles that would improve the quality of individual women's lives and improve the social standing of women as a whole.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Part One. Feminism and Perfectionism
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 2. Three Hard Choices
  2. pp. 11-26
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  1. 3. An Introduction to Perfectionism
  2. pp. 27-47
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  1. Part Two. The Inadequacy of Nonperfectionist Choice Critiques
  2. p. 49
  1. 4. Coercion Critiques
  2. pp. 51-75
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  1. 5. Socialization Critiques
  2. pp. 76-87
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  1. 6. Equality Arguments
  2. pp. 88-102
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  1. 7. Vulnerability-Based Choice Critiques
  2. pp. 103-108
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  1. Part Three. Toward a Pragmatic Feminist Perfectionism
  2. pp. 109-110
  1. 8. Four Perfectionist Principles
  2. pp. 111-128
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  1. 9. Conclusion
  2. pp. 129-136
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 137-164
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 165-169
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