This book explores some of the moral and public policy issues that divide Western, especially North American, feminists as the twentieth century ends and the twenty-first century begins. It represents an in-house discussion among feminists and their social ethics.
Table of Contents
Credits -- Introduction: Living with Contradictions -- Equality -- Sexual Difference and Sexual Equality -- Reconstructing Sexual Equality -- Toward Feminist Jurisprudence -- Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics -- Women Working -- Affirmative Action and Comparable Worth -- Reverse Discrimination as Unjustified -- Fairness, Meritocracy, and Reverse Discrimination -- The Wage Gap: Myths and Facts -- An Argument Against Comparable Worth -- Some Implications of Comparable Worth -- Sex Work -- Prostitution -- A Most Useful Tool -- Stripper -- Confronting the Liberal Lies About Prostitution -- What’s Wrong with Prostitution? -- International Committee for Prostitutes’ Rights World Charter and World Whores’ Congress Statements -- Marketing Femininity -- Representing Women: Pornography, Art, and Popular Culture -- Why Pornography Matters to Feminists -- Pornography, Oppression, and Freedom: A Closer Look -- Feminism, Moralism, and Pornography -- False Promises: Feminist Antipornography Legislation -- Racism in Pornography and the Women’s Movement -- Confessions of a Feminist Porno Star -- The Cum Shot: Takes on Lesbian and Gay Sexuality -- Mass Market Romance: Pornography for Women Is Different -- Ways of Seeing -- Presenting Women: Fashion and Beauty -- What’s Wrong with Being a Sex Object? -- Bibo -- The Unadorned Feminist -- Gynocide: Chinese Footbinding -- “Do Something About Your Weight” -- Hunger -- Skin Deep -- Marieme -- The Myth of the Perfect Body -- Women and the Knife: Cosmetic Surgery and the Colonization of Women’s Bodies -- Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self -- Women’s Fertility—Individual Choices and Social Constraints -- Abortion -- Deregulating Abortion -- Women and Children First? -- Abortion: On Public and Private -- Abortion and a Woman’s Right to Decide -- Parental Consent Laws: Are They a “Reasonable Compromise”? -- Choosing Ourselves: Black Women and Abortion -- A Reproductive Rights Agenda for the 1990s -- The Global Politics of Abortion -- Prenatal and Preconception Sex Choice Technologies: A Path to Femicide? -- Disability Rights Perspectives on Reproductive Technologies and Public Policy -- Abortion Through a Feminist Ethics Lens -- Procreative Technology and Procreative Freedom -- The Meanings of Choice in Reproductive Technology -- Reproductive Rights and Wrongs -- Subtle Forms of Sterilization Abuse: A Reproductive Rights Analysis -- “Informed Consent”: The Myth of Voluntarism -- Babies, Heroic Experts, and a Poisoned Earth -- Access to In Vitro Fertilization: Cost, Care, and Consent -- Family Values -- Contract Child Production -- Inside the Surrogate Industry -- Reproductive Freedom and Women’s Freedom: Surrogacy and Autonomy -- Contract Motherhood: Social Practice in Social Context -- Children by Donor Insemination: A New Choice for Lesbians -- The Facts of Fatherhood -- Valuing Alternative Families -- The Politics of Childlessness -- When Women and Men Mother -- The Radical Potential in Lesbian Mothering of Daughters -- A Lesbian Family -- Black Women and Motherhood -- The Che-Lumumba School: Creating a Revolutionary Family Community -- Friends as Family: No One Said It Would Be Easy -- The Personal as Political -- Sexual Practice -- The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm -- Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence -- Scratching the Surface: Some Notes on Barriers to Women and Loving -- Virgin Women -- Heterosexuality and Choice -- Bisexual Feminist Politics: Because Bisexuality Is Not Enough -- Beyond Bisexual -- Sex Resistance in Heterosexual Arrangements -- Feminine Masochism and the Politics of Personal Transformation -- Feminist Ejaculations -- Consuming Animals -- Dismantling Oppression: An Analysis of the Connection Between Women and Animals -- The Sexual Politics of Meat -- Feminism and Vegetarianism -- Hunting: A Woman’s Perspective -- Shots in the Dark -- Some Doubts About Fur Coats -- Feminists Changing the World -- Militarism -- The Protected, the Protector, the Defender -- The Army Will Make a “Man” Out of You -- “Some of the Best Soldiers Wear Lipstick” -- Surprise! Rape in the Army -- Our Greenham Common: Feminism and Nonviolence -- Greenham Common and All That... A Radical Feminist View -- Notes Toward a Feminist Maternal Peace Politics -- “They Won’t Take Me Alive” -- We Speak for the Planet -- Environmentalism -- Taking Empirical Data Seriously: An Ecofeminist Philosophical Perspective -- From Healing Herbs to Deadly Drugs: Western Medicine’s War Against the Natural World -- Development, Ecology, and Women -- Conversations with Gaia -- Searching for Common Ground: Ecofeminism and Bioregionalism -- Women, Home, and Community: The Struggle in an Urban Environment -- Questioning Sour Grapes: Ecofeminism and the United Farm Workers Grape Boycott -- Stealing the Planet -- Reproductive Choices: The Ecological Dimension -- Women, Population, and the Environment: Call for a New Approach -- About the Book and Editor