through better contracts? Carole Pateman’s The Sexual Contract suggests that the problem is not women’s “inability” to negotiate for themselves, to. The Sexual Contract: Carole Pateman: In her most famous work, The Sexual Contract (), Pateman challenged the liberal idea that the power of the state. The Sexual Contract [Carole Pateman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this remarkably original work of political philosophy, one of.

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Buy the selected items together This item: The author shows how we are told only half the paheman of the original contract that establishes modern patriarchy. I’m not sure why she’s considered such a great theorist. Implicit is a critique not just of the conservative and liberal tradition, but of the patriarchy contained within the Left as well.

The Sexual Contract

Second Treatise of Government Hackett Classics. One of these items ships sooner than the other. First, that since all classical social contract theorists were men writing about dividing up the ‘goods’ of social organizations, they must have included women in those lists of goods even though none seem to do so explicitly. Molly Tynjala rated it really liked it Mar 13, The history of white Western feminism has been fraught with problems of internal racism, classism, and other systems of subjugation.

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Now, admittedly, historically women HAVE been excluded from making the types of important decisions which impact them, but Patemon must prove that the current incarnation, in which women have EQUAL say with men in fact, greater say if we are to believe modern patemqn datathat the social contract is not sexua their best interest – an assertion which should be falsified in any democratic nation with a bare majority of women voters.

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A great work of political thought. Carole Pateman, The Sexual Contract.

Lists with This Book. In this remarkably original work of political philosophy, one of today’s foremost feminist theorist challenges the way contemporary society functions by questioning the standard interpretation of an idea contracy is deeply embedded in American and British political thought: Her analysis of surrogacy is particularly ahead of its time, as Pateman foresaw the inevitable power inequality in a practice that is increasingly common, and now has become an international industry where wealthy people from powerful nations can contract catole the use of the bodies of poor women from developing nations.

However, the reader is more than two-thirds of the way through the book before she makes this point. The author offers a ocntract challenge to conventional understandings- of both left and right- of actual contracts in everyday life: Some people may not like this book because they think that we have now found the best of all worlds, but the continued gendering of inequality, oppression and labor indicates that maybe its time for more fundamental transformations.

Please try again later. One of her most intriguing arguments is that the marriage contract implicitly binds the woman to the man, creating a relationship between a master and his servant. Oct 31, Michelle rated it it was amazing.

Sign in via your Institution. One of the main targets of the book is cnotract who try to turn contractarian paeman to progressive use, and a major thesis of the book is that this is not possible. This author follows the logic of “pure contractarianism” to its theoretical conclusion: This leads to a very thorough argument but it can also cause confusion, particularly at the beginning of the book when it is sometimes unclear where Pateman is heading with her meticulous philosophical analysis.


Stanford University Press- Social Science – pages. Joanna rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Although I don’t subscribe to most feminist theories myself, I found Pateman’s sexuzl to be incredibly well reasoned, and very interesting to read. For instance, she believes in the “minimum income,” which means that someone will be paid regardless of whether they work or not that’s a great incentive to work–not!

I found it to be full of information that I was never taught in when in high school. No attention is paid to the problems that arise when women are excluded from the original contract but incorporated into the new contractual order.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The sexual cwrole is ignored and thus men’s patriarchal right over women is also glossed over. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Wives Slaves and Wage Slaves. Had to slowly work my way through this one for one of my classes.