No Surprises Today

More support for the claim that egalitarian marriages are happier, as well as more just, can be found in an article in the New York Times: “Over all, the evidence shows that the shifts within marriages — men taking on more housework and women earning more outside the home — have had a positive effect, contributing to lower divorce rates and happier unions.” The full story is here. “Women no longer need to marry up educationally or economically, so they are more likely to pick men who support a more egalitarian relationship,” said Stephanie Coontz, director of research and education for the Council on Contemporary Families and author of “Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage.” The thesis that women who earn as much as more as their partners, and thus have real exit options and can bargain for more egalitariam terms of engagement, is best articulated in my favourite book about marriage and the division of child care and housework, Kidding Ourselves: Breadwinning, Babies, and Bargaining Power
by Rhona Mahony.

Objectification Silences Women

In experiments with more than 200 people, researchers discovered that when a female believes her body is being sized up by a male, she’ll diminish her presence by speaking less. When a male believes a female is eyeing his physique, however, no such effect occurs. The study, published this month in the journal Psychological Science, explains that our culture has so taught women that they’re judged on appearance that they’ve come to evaluate themselves that way, ultimately self-objectifying. On the one hand, nothing in this study will much surprise feminist philosophers. On the other hand, it’s great to finally have social scientists studying the effects of objectification on women. An article on the study is here. The publication is called “Objectification Can Lead Women to Narrow Their Presence in Social Interactions” (from Psychological Science) by Tamar Saguy, Diane M. Quinn, John F. Dovidio, and Felicia Pratto.

Fight for election reform

More specifically, in this case, fight back against the recent Supreme Court campaign finance ruling. To do so, you can go here and here to sign a petition. The wording seems a big weak to me, but it’s an Obama-organised effort, and I think it’s really important to demonstrate our support for it in order not to give them another excuse to cave.

CFP Just the Arguments

From Philos-L:

Wiley-Blackwell is pleased to announce a call for proposals for Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy, edited by Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone. The completed text will be a survey and presentation of 100 of the most important arguments in Western philosophy, wherein experts will write brief encyclopedia-like entries presenting arguments in their essence, including a representative quotation, explication of the context and aim of the argument, and the argument’s logical form.

I’m writing to urge all of you to think about arguments by women philosophers that might be well-suited to this volume, and to send in proposals if so. Go here for more information– but act fast, as proposals are due 1 February. If implicit bias does its usual thing, they’ll end up with 100 arguments by men (or maybe 99 if we’re lucky). So let’s see if we can avert that!

Oral History of Feminist Philosophy

Joan Callahan and Nancy Tuana have done something fantastic for feminist philosophy: interviewed many of its founders and made DVDs of the interviews.

The first five of these two-hour versions of interviews with pioneering scholars in feminist philosophy are now available on DVD through Penn State, here
http://www.psu.edu/dept/rockethics/education/femphil/ .

Interviews now available are of

Sandra Bartky,
Susan Bordo,
Sandra Harding,
Nel Noddings, and
Sara Ruddick.

And there are more to come. Urge your library to purchase this series– all funds raised go to sustain the project.