publication . Article . 2011

Mill, Gender Ideal and Gender Oppression: Do Feminists Need to Abolish Gender Roles?

Popa, Bogdan;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 May 2011
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
While feminist scholarship generally looks at Mill’s ambiguities as confusions or flaws, I suggest that Mill’s ambivalence has to be taken at face value by feminist theory.Many feminists – and particularly liberal feminists- feel that human beings cannot develop their true potential until they would live in a society where men and women have complete equality. One solution to this problem is to abolish gender roles, or to value social and legal norms because they promote gender neutrality. Because actual gender roles are shaped by patriarchy, the elimination of gender roles would open up possibilities for human emancipation. Like Mill, many feminists believe tha...
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