Perfectionism and Contemporary Feminist Values by Kimberly A. Yuracko

By Kimberly A. Yuracko

Even if formal obstacles to women's social and political participation have crumbled, society continues to be, to an important measure, gendered within the roles that men and women play. Women's and men's offerings concerning paintings and relatives are mostly liable for preserving and reinforcing the diversities. whereas feminists realize the necessity to criticize women's offerings, too frequently they concentrate on restrictive stipulations instead of the alternatives themselves. Kimberly A. Yuracko argues as an alternative that encouraging girls to make offerings according to a grounded and well-defined perception of perfectionism -- a philosopy concerned about human flourishing -- is the simplest solution to redress power gender inequality. To this finish, Yuracko seeks not just to reveal the perfectionism underlying present selection reviews, yet to articulate a concrete set of feminist perfectionist ideas that will increase the standard of person women's lives and enhance the social status of ladies as an entire.

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Individuals are seen and treated as instrumental means, not as unique ends in themselves. Raz suggests that a life in which all one’s relationships are of this sort is degraded. But is it possible to have some instrumental relationships without degrading one’s more valuable relationships? Or are some forms of instrumental relationships, like prostitution or slavery, so degraded that they cannot coexist with the more elevated forms of intimate relations? For example, is it possible for a woman to be a prostitute and still be able to maintain her more valuable relationships in which she is seen and An Introduction to Perfectionism 29 treated as a nonfungible unique whole?

41 Wolf also explains that “[w]omen learn what we have to do from our environment. ”42 Women suffer starvation and painful surgeries in order to avoid the threatened social invisibility that comes with women’s refusal to become, or to continue to be, sex objects appealing to men. In addition to claims of coercion, feminists also argue that women’s choices to objectify their sexuality are the product of broader sexist socialization. Girls and women are socialized by pervasive sexual violence to conceptualize their self and social worth in terms of their status as sex objects.

Theoretical rationality focuses on individuals’ ability to ground beliefs in evidence. 31 In effect, Hurka’s expanded description of human perfection merely replaces one abstract conception of human perfection with three abstract conceptions of it. Hurka’s perfectionism focuses on vague inner states rather than outward decisions or activities. Hurka provides little information about what conditions are required for the development of these inner states or how one knows when they are achieved. Determining when rationality is being exercised is nearly impossible.

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