By Drucill Cornell
Cornell writes a posh theoretical piece that takes time to digest for any feminist reader yet total her theories are serious for the evolution of feminism within the twenty-first century! I additionally suggest among ladies and Generations as a follow-up to totally figuring out dignity and the imaginary area.
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Straight men do it all the time. 65 Part of our struggle is to explode the barriers of such enforced sexual choices. Mothering has meant enslavement to many women, but that is because women have been forced to take on a particular persona only because they are mothers. Thus, if we are to include women as true members of the moral community as an initial matter, we will have to design some more equitable arrangement for the care of children. Given the moral demands inherent in an equivalent law of persons, such arrangements could not assume the heterosexual family to be a given.
Fineman wants to end the sexual family and put in its place the mother/child dyad as the legally privileged unit, excluding lovers and husbands from this legal entity. The men to be viewed as the woman’s family would be her male line—her father and grandfather. My argument against Fineman is that we should not legally privilege any family as the good one. 67 The naturalization of sexual difference in sexuate rights would once again impose a limit on the horizon in which our sexuate being could be expressed.
30 INTRODUCTION In chapter 5 I continue my discussion of the limits of state intervention in enforcing an ideal of gender and, with it, one of the family by focusing on straight, mainly white men. Here I argue that the purported fathers’ movement and the legal reforms it advocates cannot be morally defended because they banish men to the realm of the phenomenal. Thus, I strongly disagree with the fathers’ movement, which assumes men can be legitimately conscripted into the family, because to do so denies them their claim to their person.