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 The Logic of Masculinist Protection: Reflections on the Current Security State

Iris Marion Young

in Women and Citizenship

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195175349
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835775 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195175344.003.0002

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

  The Logic of Masculinist Protection: Reflections on the Current Security State

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Young’s essay draws attention to practices of citizenship that can arise under a government at war and explores the logic of the masculine role of protector. A government at war, which Young calls a “security regime,” protects its members in an overly aggressive fashion from external dangers as well as from internal dissension. A state acting as a security regime, however, threatens to undermine democratic practice by expecting uncritical obedience and submissiveness from its population. This role toward its citizens is analogous to the role a protective family patriarch plays toward the women and children of his family. Young argues that, even from a protective government, what adult citizens want instead are relationships that respect their autonomy and equality.

Keywords: patriarchy; autonomy; masculine role; security; war

Chapter.  10691 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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