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Utilitarianism Essay

  • Submitted by: abhijitparolia
  • on January 24, 2013
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 1,009 words

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The notion of privilege brings me to my final point, one I have not yet addressed,
but I believe to be highly significant. It seems that gender and race privilege are elemental to these various objections to “alienation” and “objectification,” for a “pure”
subject-position free from exploitation, objectification, and stereotyping seems genuinely available only to those who aren’t, for one reason or another, systematically
marginalized. For women and people of color (and other disadvantaged groups, such
as queers and persons with disabilities), the world is always-already objectifying and
alienating (e.g., double consciousness, viewing oneself in terms of the stereotypes
about one’s gender, race, etc.). In order to even “play the game” of business (or
anything, really, in a culture so thoroughly marked by patriarchy and whiteness) they
must participate in a system, capitalism, which rests both historically and concretely
on the exploitation of unpaid “women’s work,” the slave trade, and undocumented
workers. In other words, it would be impossible for women and people of color not
to objectify and alienate themselves, because the system already does that for them.
On the other hand, they can’t not play the game if they seek to better their economic,
social, and political circumstances. For example, in the women’s movement, there has been a tension between the need to increase the economic independence of
women – which many rightly view as preliminary to improving other aspects of
women’s rights – with the need to address the ways in which current economic
practices and premises exploit women and devalue femininity. Linda Scott argues
that the fashion industry, criticized for exploiting female sweatshop workers, models, and female bodies/body image, has been instrumental in providing well-paying
jobs for women and unparalleled in its promotion of female executives. Even though
the fashion industry in the U.S. may “exploit” women by treating...

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