Feminist Ethics



Feministethics are different in that they seek or advocate for a greaterplace for women and families(Hooks, 2015).They deviate from the concepts of privacy, rationality, andself-obscurity. Held argues that a genuine moral theory should be onethat takes into account the concerns and experiences of women andshould deal with the actual relationship between embodied persons(n.d). Thus for a moral theory to be satisfactory, it must havecomponents of care, and justice and issues of successful families,trust and healthy communities.

Womentend to act based on the feeling of empathy rather than relying onthe abstract rule of rationality. Thus, feminist ethics do not justacknowledge emotions just as utilitarian do, but embraces them as thefoundation upon, which morality and its understanding shouldpartially be based on. Held adds that “caring, empathy, feeling forothers, being sensitive to each other’s feeling – all may bebetter guides to what morality requires in actual contexts than mayabstract rules of reason or rational calculation,”(n.d).Furthermore, she adds that any moral problem should consider thepolitical elements involved (Held, n.d). Thus, according to feministethics for a moral theory to be satisfactory, it must have componentsof care, and justice and issues of successful families, trust andhealthy communities.

Whenfeminist ethics deeply is examined, one understands that it has oneor more concept of non-consequential and consequential theories ofmorality. However, its main argument is that morality should be basedon emotions of empathy, equity, and relationships. The feministconcept of ethics helps us to understand that a person’s moralbehavior is guided partially by the pursuant of justice andapplications of emotions. This concept is true when one examines thebasis upon, which natural laws of morals that have been used as aguide by many human rights organizations are founded on.


Thus,the application of empathy and trust in morality helps us tounderstand that ethics should be defined within the scope of beingcaring which is the primary obligation of the society and that itshould not be based on abstract rules of reason.


Held,&nbspV.(n.d.). Feminist ethics are different. Whatis basic in ethics,221-234.

Hooks.(2015). Feministtheory: From margin to center.Ney York, NY: Routledge.