giving you a glimpse into my mind

giving you a glimpse into my mind

The Subject of Liberty

Throughout the excerpt of The Subject of Liberty by Hirschmann that we read she makes a good argument that even though the women she mentions made the decisions they did, they did not have complete control over the decisions that they made. In doing this, she begs the question of whether or not they were really free to do make their own decisions and how much freedom these women truly have. What stuck out to me the most was the woman who was a victim of date rape. She was an unemployed single mother who tried to have an abortion but kept getting turned away until it was too late for her to have an abortion. Hirschmann raises many questions about the freedoms that women have. I tend to agree with her that these women did not have complete free will in making the decisions that they did. Susan was living in so much fear of her husband and what he would to do her. She had been hospitalized twice because of her husband beating her. She was given advice to leave her husband and take care of herself. She went back to her husband claiming that he was a good person and he would never hit her again. Another important point Hirschmann brings up in her book is the masculine view on feminism. According to Hirschmann, feminism has a very narrow view point and needs to be widened so that a lot more people can understand what feminism truly is. Abortion is also brought up in this excerpt. Hirschmann states that “a pro-life argument that many abortions result from economic hardship and social stigma inflicted by a sexist society” makes the talk about “women’s choice” hypocritical.



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