This timely anthology brings into sharp relief the extent of violence against women. Its range is global and far reaching in terms of the number of victims. There are deeply entrenched values that need to be rooted out and laid bare.
This text offers a philosophical analysis of the problem, with important insights from the various contributors. Topics range from sexual assault to media violence, prostitution and pornography, domestic violence, and sexual harassment. Each of the four parts include essays which tackle these issues and provide us with tools for bringing about change.
The philosophical approaches to the topic give readers insight into the harms of interpersonal violence and its impact on the lives of its victims.
Analyzing Violence Against Women calls us to examine public policies and work for systemic change. In the process, we are reminded that the concerns of the discipline of Philosophy encompasses issues with a wider scope.
Students will especially benefit from seeing how the various authors grapple with this pressing issue and clarify why we need to bring about change.
Wanda Teays is a professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles. She is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on Ethics, Global Bioethics, Ethics & Film, and Critical Reasoning. These include Global Bioethics and Human Rights: Contemporary Issues (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014); Business Ethics Through Movies: A Case Study Approach (Wiley, 2015) Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics Through Movies (Wiley, 2013); Bioethics, Justice and Health Care (Wadsworth, 2001); Second Thoughts: Critical Thinking for a Diverse Society, 4th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2010); Violence Against Women: Philosophical Perspectives (Cornell U Press, 1998).
Dedication.- Acknowledgements.- Editor's Introduction.- Part 1 Sexual Assault.- Surviving Sexual Violence: A Philosophical Perspective; Susan J. Brison.- War Rape; Michael Boylan.- Date Rape: The Intractability of Hermeneutical Injustice; Debra L. Jackson.- Intellectual Disability, Sexual Assault, and Empowerment; Virginia L. Warren.- Resisting Sexual Violence: What Empathy Offers; Sarah Clark Miller.- Part 2 Harassment and Medicalized Violence.- From Mental Illness to Moral Injury: Psychological and Philosophical Approaches to the Harms of Sexual Violence; Zenon Culverhouse.- Policing Women to Protect Fetuses: Coercive Interventions During Pregnancy; Debra A. DeBruin and Mary Faith Marshall.- Pronatalism is Violence Against Women: The Role of Genetics; Laura M. Purdy.- "Her Body Her Own Worst Enemy": The Medicalization of Violence Against Women; Abby L. Wilkerson.- Part 3 Domestic Violence.- The Tyranny of Bodily Strength: Harriet Taylor and John Stuart Mill on Domestic Violence; Rita Manning.- A Feminist Analysis of the Abuse and Neglect of Elderly Women; Rosemarie Tong and Howard Lintz.- Myth, Power, and Gun-Related Intimate Partner Violence Against Women; Peter Tagore Tan.- There is no Honour in Honour Killing; Vibhuti Patel.- Part 4 Media Violence, Pornography, and Prostitution.- Is Seeing Believing? Rapist Culture on the Screen; Jane Caputi.- Crossing the Line: Online Violence; Wanda Teays.- Beyond Labels: Pornography, Violence, and Free Speech; Edith L. Pacillo.- The Myth of the Happy Hooker: Kantian Moral Reflections on a Phenomenology of Prostitution; Clelia Smyth and Yolanda Estes.- Notes on Contributors.- Index.