Hypatia

Hypatia 17.3, Summer 2002

Contents

Preface

    La Caze, Marguerite.
  • The Encounter between Wonder and Generosity
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    Subject Headings:
    • Descartes, René, 1596-1650. Passions de l'âme.
    • Irigaray, Luce. Ethique de la différence sexuelle.
    • Wonder.
    • Generosity.
    Abstract:
      In a reading of René Descartes's The Passions of the Soul, Luce Irigaray explores the possibility that wonder, first of all passions, can provide the basis for an ethics of sexual difference because it is prior to judgment, and thus nonhierarchical. For Descartes, the passion of generosity gives the key to ethics. I argue that wonder should be extended to other differences and should be combined with generosity to form the basis of an ethics.
    Johnson, Greg.
  • The Situated Self And Utopian Thinking
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    Subject Headings:
    • Utopias.
    • Feminist theory.
    • Self (Philosophy)
    Abstract:
      This article takes up the call of feminist thinkers to reconsider the importance of the utopian. I offer a view of the utopian that is situated, critical, and relevant to transformative politics, a view that is structured by embodiment. To this end, I consider some epistemological and ontological connections of situated utopian thinking that enable us to think the utopian differently. Finally, I argue that this view of the utopian can be found in the political efforts of "integrative feminisms."

Feminism and Disability II

    Ghai, Anita.
  • Disabled Women: An Excluded Agenda of Indian Feminism
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    Subject Headings:
    • Women with disabilities -- India.
    • Feminism -- India.
    Abstract:
      My purpose in this essay is to locate disabled women within the women's movement as well as the disability movement in India. While foregrounding the existential realities for disabled women in the Indian scene, I underscore the reasons for their absence from the agenda of Indian feminism. I conclude by reflecting on the possibilities of inclusion within Indian feminist thought.
    Meekosha, Helen.
  • Virtual Activists? Women and the Making of Identities of Disability
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    Subject Headings:
    • Women with disabilities -- Australia -- Political activity.
    • Women With Disabilities Australia.
    • Feminism -- Australia.
    Abstract:
      This article examines the rise of a feminist engagement with the disability rights movement. Three realms of social being—individual, society, and the state—interact in the making of the identities of disability. The emergence of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), suggests the ways women with disabilities come to identify with an autonomous women's group and the ways in which the particular forms of our activisms are produced.
    Wong, Sophia Isako.
  • At Home with Down Syndrome and Gender
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    Subject Headings:
    • Down syndrome.
    • Sex preselection -- Moral and ethical aspects.
    • Abortion -- Moral and ethical aspects.
    Abstract:
      I argue that there is an important analogy between sex selection and selective abortion of fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome. There are surprising parallels between the social construction of Down syndrome as a disability and the deeply entrenched institutionalization of sexual difference in many societies. Prevailing concepts of gender and mental retardation exert a powerful influence in constructing the sexual identities and life plans of people with Down syndrome, and also affect their families' lives.
    Patterson, Annette.
    Satz, Martha.
  • Genetic Counseling and the Disabled: Feminism Examines the Stance of Those Who Stand at the Gate
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    Subject Headings:
    • Genetic counseling.
    • People with disabilities.
    • Feminist theory.
    Abstract:
      This essay examines the possible systematic bias against the disabled in the structure and practice of genetic counseling. Finding that the profession's "nondirective" imperative remains problematic, the authors recommend that methodology developed by feminist standpoint epistemology be used to incorporate the perspective of disabled individuals in genetic counselors' education and practice, thereby reforming society's view of the disabled and preventing possible negative effects of genetic counseling on the self-concept and material circumstance of disabled individuals.
    Ware, Linda P.
  • A Moral Conversation on Disability: Risking the Personal in Educational Contexts
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    Subject Headings:
    • Disability studies -- United States.
    Abstract:
      The author explores disability in K-12 schools where attitudes, beliefs, and practices shape the school culture and influence enduring perceptions about disability among school professionals, students, and their families. Drawing on recent conversations among moral philosophers who view disability as a central feature of human life that has yet to enrich understanding of ourselves and others, the author encourages the practice of reform grounded in a process that begins with a "suspicion of the self" and a willingness to risk the personal.
    Cushing, Pamela.
    Lewis, Tanya.
  • Negotiating Mutuality and Agency In Care-giving Relationships with Women with Intellectual Disabilities
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    Subject Headings:
    • Women with mental disabilities.
    • Caregivers.
    • Agent (Philosophy)
    • Arche (Association)
    Abstract:
      This article is an ethnographic analysis of the mutuality that is possible in relationships between caregivers and women with intellectual disabilities who live together in L'Arche homes. Creating mutuality through which both parties grow and exercise agency requires that caregivers learn to negotiate delicate power relations connected to the physics of care and to reframe dominant stereotypes of disability. This helps them to support the women with intellectual disabilities to name and achieve their desires.

Symposium on Eva Kittay's Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency

    Tong, Rosemarie.
  • Love's Labor in the Health Care System: Working Toward Gender Equity
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kittay, Eva Feder. Love's labor: essays on women, equality, and dependency.
    • Equality.
    Abstract:
      In this commentary on Eva Feder Kittay's Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency, I focus on Kittay's dependency theory. I apply this theory to an analysis of women's inadequate access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare. I conclude that while quandaries remain unresolved, including getting men to do their share of dependency work, Kittay's book is an important and original contribution to feminist healthcare ethics and the development of a normative feminist ethic of care.
    Ruddick, Sara, 1935-
  • An Appreciation of Love's Labor
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kittay, Eva Feder. Love's labor: essays on women, equality, and dependency.
    • Equality.
    Abstract:
      This is a selective reading of Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency. My aim is twofold: to continueLove Labor's focus on dependency work and relations, adding certain distinctions and questions of my own; and to recognize the conjunction of three perspectives—theoretical, social/political, and personal—that strengthen this focus. I scant particulars of argument and ignore certain issues in the hope of providing a vivid outline of the rewards and demands of dependency as Eva Kittay envisions them.
    Gottlieb, Roger S.
  • The Tasks of Embodied Love: Moral Problems in Caring for Children with Disabilities
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kittay, Eva Feder. Love's labor: essays on women, equality, and dependency.
    • Equality.
    Abstract:
      Neither secular moral theory nor religious ethics have had much place for persons in need of constant physical help and cognitive support, nor for those who provide care for them. Writing as the father of a fourteen-year-old daughter with multiple disabilities, I will explore some of moral issues that arise here, both from the point of view of the disabled child and from that of the child's caretaker(s).
    Kittay, Eva Feder.
  • Love's Labor Revisited
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    Subject Headings:
    • Tong, Rosemarie. Love's labor in the health care system: working toward gender equity.
    • Ruddick, Sara, 1935- Appreciation of Love's labor.
    • Gottlieb, Roger S. Tasks of embodied love: moral problems in caring for children with disabilities.
    • Equality.
    Abstract:
      Love's Labor explores the relations that dependency work fosters between women and between men and women, and argues that dependency is not exceptional but integral to human life. The commentaries point to more facets of dependency such as the importance (and limitation) of personal narrative in philosophizing dependency (Ruddick); the role of spirituality that Gottlieb addresses with regard to his disabled daughter; and the application of the theory to the situation of elderly women (Tong).

Book Review

Review Essays

    Adams, David M., 1953-
  • Families: Law, Gender and Difference
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dolgin, Janet L., 1947- Defining the family: law, technology, and reproduction in an uneasy age.
    • Estlund, David M., ed. Sex, preference, and family: essays in law and nature.
    • Nussbaum, Martha Craven, 1947-, ed.
    • Human reproductive technology -- Law and legislation -- United States.
    • Persons (Law)
    Heberle, Renee.
  • Victimization and Consent
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lamb, Sharon, ed. New versions of victims: feminists struggle with the concept.
    • Haag, Pamela. Consent: sexual rights and the transformation of American liberalism.
    • Women -- Crimes against.
    • Sexual ethics -- United States.

Book Reviews

    Benporath, Sigal R.
  • Fire With Water: Generations and Genders of Western Political Thought (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dube, Allison. Fire with water: generations and genders of Western political thought.
    • Feminism -- Political aspects.
    Bergoffen, Debra B.
  • Resentment and the "Feminine" in Nietzsche's Politico-Aesthetics (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Picart, Caroline Joan, 1966- Resentment and the "feminine" in Nietzsche's politico-aesthetics.
    • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900.
    Falco, Maria J.
  • Fortune Is a Woman: Gender and Politics in the Thought of Niccolò Machiavelli (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Pitkin, Hanna Fenichel. Fortune is a woman: gender and politics in the thought of Niccolò Machiavelli.
    • Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527 -- Contributions in political science.
    Greenbaum, Andrea.
  • Psychoanalyses/Feminisms (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rudnytsky, Peter L., ed. Psychoanalyses/feminisms.
    • Gordon, Andrew, 1945-, ed.
    • Psychoanalysis and feminism -- Congresses.
    Hamington, Maurice.
  • Emotional Rescue: The Theory and Practice of a Feminist Father (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Balbus, Isaac D. Emotional rescue: the theory and practice of a feminist father.
    • Balbus, Isaac D.
    Heldke, Lisa M. (Lisa Maree), 1960-
  • Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Korsmeyer, Carolyn. Making sense of taste: food and philosophy.
    • Food -- Philosophy.
    Matsunari, Rowena Tomaneng.
  • Theorizing Multiculturalism: A Guide to the Current Debate (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Willett, Cynthia, 1956-, ed. Theorizing multiculturalism: a guide to the current debate.
    • Multiculturalism.



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