By Shay Welch (auth.)
This publication bargains a liberatory belief of person freedom that uniquely responds to the issues of social oppression and calls for of the interrelatedness insofar because it pertains particularly to the social area of activity.
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264). However, contrary to Rawls, I focus on the DEFINING THE DOMAIN 25 individual in relations with others. While some prescriptions for social freedom do take hold in the basic structure, most of the prescriptions I am interested in are geared toward individuals in the actuality of their life. Prescriptions for social freedom aim are meant to remedy circumstances of social injustice that arise from, are grounded in, and are ultimately resolvable through horizontal social relations rather than vertical institutional relations.
Consequently, women limit their daily routine, cautious of the places they go to and the times at which they go. They restrict their travel, work commute, physical appearance, and overall lifestyle just to ensure that they do not put themselves in a position of being available for assault. Women, then, are both externally and internally controlled. They experience external control because they are told not to jog at night or go out alone. The internal force comes from the combination of constant fear and psychological oppression, which tells them that if they do become a victim then they somehow deserved it by not dressing appropriately or taking the necessary precautions.
Consistent with both Pateman’s and MacKinnon’s arguments, Sheffield argues that the central tenet of patriarchy is men’s perceived right to sexual access to women’s bodies. To maintain women’s subordination, violence and the threat of violence must be salient to all women at all times. The constant threat of violence terrorizes women insofar as they fear that they could be sexually assaulted at almost any moment; a fear that most heterosexual men admit to never experiencing. Sheffield cites “The Female Fear,” which reports the data that one-third of women DEFINING THE DOMAIN 35 worry at least once a month about being raped, many worry daily, one third of women say that the fear of rape is “part of the background” that is “always there,” and another third claimed never to worry about rape but admitted to taking drastic efforts to avoid the possibility (Sheffield 1994, 2).
A Theory of Freedom: Feminism and the Social Contract by Shay Welch (auth.)