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Revista Estudos Feministas

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OKIN, Susan Moller. Gender, the Public and the Private. Rev. Estud. Fem. [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.2, pp.305-332. ISSN 0104-026X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-026X2008000200002.

In this article, the political philosopher Susan Moller Okin discusses the dichotomy public-private from a gendered perspective. Overlooking gender - especially as it assumes the form of overlooking the political reality of the family and gender 'neutral' language - has become, in many past and present authors, a reinforcement of that dichotomy, silencing about its patriarchal nature. As Okin understands it, domestic (personal) sphere and non-domestic (public) sphere can not be interpreted isolatedly, what demands a deep revision of the base of most liberal political theory. The author faces this demand, discussing important problems such as the value of privacy.

Keywords : Gender; Public and Private; Privacy; Political Theory.

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