3. Section 6 of the book contains essays dealing with the moral and ethical aspects underlying feminist theories. The first essay in this section is Gilligan’s essay on morality and sexuality in women. She offers a radical view of morality in women, contending that women do not analyze or approach moral issues in the same manner that men do. While men may tend to view moral issues purely as black and white issues, so that an action or thought is either right or wrong, women see it more as a gray area. For example, in allocating the punishment for a morally wrong act, a woman may be more prone to be compassionate and take into account mitigating factors leading to a particular moral decision, because their love for their offspring or loved ones may soften their moral stance. Kelly Oliver, in her essay “Conflicted love” builds further on Gilligan’s moral theory by arguing against the notion that maternal love is anti-social in nature while the lack of paternal love is associated with a disembodied culture. There have been various arguments which have stated that fatherless children growing up in single mother homes tend to be more violent and prone to immoral and unethical actions. Oliver argues that such a contention is inadequate to set up primary loving relationships. Feminist Philosophy Reader by Chris Cuomo and Alison Bailey.
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