Week 6: Gender & Justice

September 27, 2011by

This lecture gives a brief overview of the role of gender in social and moral philosophy, and presents a variety of data showing how the world and our future are being shaped by differences in human thought and action that are rooted in gender-associated worldview and values.

The Girl Effect

Here are three presentations on the role of women in the world today: Hannah Rosin discusses new data that shows women may actually be surpassing men in several important social measures. Halla Tomasdottir discusses some differences between how men and women think about business illustrated by “a feminine response” to the financial crisis in Iceland. And Sheryl WuDunn, author of Half the Sky, tells the story of several young women from around the world, and makes a bold claim that the issue of gender equality is the most crucial moral issue for the world in the 21st century.

Here is an infographic displaying the presence of women in the military, one of the most classically male domains of human organization.

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The Man Box

While estimations on the role of women in the world today are quite positive and optimistic, the same cannot be said for men. In fact, the classical feminist critique of typically male ways of thinking about and acting within the world is gathering speed. After a well-intentioned spoof on “The Girl Effect,” these talks from Tony Porter and Philip Zimbardo explain many of the reasons why.

As alexfopple, the creator of this spoof animation, explains,

This is the male equivalent of the Girl Effect. I’m not trying to belittle the Girl Effect here. (In reality I’m belittling the entire male population).

If you haven’t seen the Girl Effect then none of this will make sense.

This is only a joke, I fully support the actual girl effect, so please don’t post comments like “OMG YOU HATE CHARITIES”.
I’ll also remove any stupid sexist commenters who erroneously believe that I support their views.

Here are two presentations on the role of men…

Tony Porter: A Call to Men

Philip Zimbardo: The Demise of Guys

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  • TED Women (more talks on the issue of gender from the TED conference)