Confucianism and Women: A Philosophical Interpretation

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SUNY Press, 1. feb. 2012 - 210 sider
Confucianism and Women argues that Confucian philosophy often criticized as misogynistic and patriarchal is not inherently sexist. Although historically bound up with oppressive practices, Confucianism contains much that can promote an ethic of gender parity. Attacks on Confucianism for gender oppression have marked China s modern period, beginning with the May Fourth Movement of 1919 and reaching prominence during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. The West has also readily characterized Confucianism as a foundation of Chinese women s oppression. Author Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee challenges readers to consider the culture within which Confucianism has functioned and to explore what Confucian thought might mean for women and feminism.

She begins the work by clarifying the intellectual tradition of Confucianism and discussing the importance of the Confucian cultural categories yin-yang and nei-wai (inner-outer) for gender ethics. In addition, the Chinese tradition of biographies of virtuous women and books of instruction by and for women is shown to provide a Confucian construction of gender. Practices such as widow chastity, footbinding, and concubinage are discussed in light of Confucian ethics and Chinese history. Ultimately, Rosenlee lays a foundation for a future construction of Confucian feminism as an alternative ethical ground for women s liberation.
 

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1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 CONFUCIANISM CHINESENESS AND REN VIRTUOUS PERSONHOOD
15
3 YINYANG GENDER ATTRIBUTES AND COMPLEMENTARITY
45
4 NEIWAI GENDER DISTINCTIONS AND RITUAL PROPRIETY
69
5 DIDACTIC TEXTS FOR WOMEN AND THE WOMANLY SPHERE OF NEI
95
6 CHINESE SEXISM AND CONFUCIANISM
119
7TOWARD A CONFUCIAN FEMINISMFEMINIST ETHICS INTHEMAKING
149
NOTES
161
BIBLIOGRAPHY
185
INDEX
197
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Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Mary Washington.

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