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Bioethics and WomenAcross the Lifespan$
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Mary Briody Mahowald

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195176170.001.0001

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 Violence and Discrimination toward Women and Children

 Violence and Discrimination toward Women and Children

(p.172) 10 Violence and Discrimination toward Women and Children
Bioethics and Women

Mary Briody Mahowald

Oxford University Press

Cases illustrating variables relevant to violence toward children, pregnant women, and the elderly, as well as gender discrimination and sexual harassment are presented, stressing the impact of these situations on women’s health. For each topic, empirical and theoretical factors are discussed from an “egalitarian perspective” that imputes privileged status to the standpoint of those who are “nondominant”, i.e., women as patients. With regard to pregnant women, implications of different positions about moral status of fetuses are also considered.

Keywords:   domestic violence, children, elderly, pregnant women, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, egalitarian perspective, dominant standpoint, nondominant standpoint, women’s health

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