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A Theory of Freedom: Feminism and the Social Contract, 1st by Shay Welch (auth.)

By Shay Welch (auth.)

This booklet bargains a liberatory belief of person freedom that uniquely responds to the issues of social oppression and calls for of the interrelatedness insofar because it pertains particularly to the social area of activity.

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But experience shows that this is an ideal conception; to experience such a friendship is truly a blessing. The intense connection manifested in robust friendship relations is the main reason why friendship-related values are deemed inappropriate for nonintimate relations. Yet, Keller’s understanding of intimate friendship does not close off possible, more public avenues for promoting its value set. ” The variation of friendly relations makes the model suitable for shaping and improving free social relations.

Second, women are denied the ability to express their sexuality in 32 A THEORY OF FREEDOM their own ways; given the extent to which woman’s desirability becomes defined by inequality, she must cover up her sexual assertiveness and awareness and conform to the image of the “inexperienced girl who secretly wants to be ravaged” or the “dirty whore who needs to be taught a lesson” if she is to be seen, by herself and by others, as sexy; she must present a sexual image of herself that gains male approval.

They restrict their travel, work commute, physical appearance, and overall lifestyle just to ensure that they do not put themselves in a position of being available for assault. Women, then, are both externally and internally controlled. They experience external control because they are told not to jog at night or go out alone. The internal force comes from the combination of constant fear and psychological oppression, which tells them that if they do become a victim then they somehow deserved it by not dressing appropriately or taking the necessary precautions.

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