Violence and Discrimination toward Women and Children

Mary Briody Mahowald

in Bioethics and Women

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195176179
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786558 | DOI:
  Violence and Discrimination toward Women and Children

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Cases illustrating variables relevant to violence toward children, pregnant women, and the elderly, as well as gender discrimination and sexual harassment are presented, stressing the impact of these situations on women’s health. For each topic, empirical and theoretical factors are discussed from an “egalitarian perspective” that imputes privileged status to the standpoint of those who are “nondominant”, i.e., women as patients. With regard to pregnant women, implications of different positions about moral status of fetuses are also considered.

Keywords: domestic violence; children; elderly; pregnant women; gender discrimination; sexual harassment; egalitarian perspective; dominant standpoint; nondominant standpoint; women’s health

Chapter.  6937 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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