According to the feminist critique of the social contract, a more equitable family structure would be one in which

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the feminist critique of the social contract would involve a couple of levels.  On one hand, the idea of the "agreement" that members of society make would be criticized in that it failed to accurately include the voices of women.  Men were the ones who devised the compact and ended up fully grasping the benefits of it.  In this, it was a social contract defined by men that advocated women stay home in the realm of the domestic while men pursue life outside of the home. Women's roles were defined by a contract of whose formation they were not a part.  It is here where I think that one can find the greatest amount of resistance from women in the idea of a social contract that enables men to pursue economic empowerment and prevents women from doing so.  In this light, a more equitable family structure would be one in which men and women agree with one another as to how to develop their own economic capacities.  It should be one in which individual men and women, and then as a society, embraces the equally stake and participatory process that validates both genders equally.


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