Is Asking What Women Want the Right Question? Underrepresentation in Philosophy and Gender Differences in Interests

Author(s)Stacey Goguen
Thematic Cluster/Special IssuePhilosophy and Its Borders
AbstractIn discussions of the underrepresentation of women in professional philosophy, those sceptical of discrimination as an explanation often suggest that gender differences in interests are a plausible alternative hypothesis. Some suspect that if women’s differing interests explains underrepresentation, then interventions suggested by the discrimination hypothesis might be unnecessary—or even risky. I argue that one needs to consider how stereotypes might influence interests, and that doing so can provide a more even-handed assessment of the risks involved in proposed interventions.
Keywordsunderrepresentation of women, interests, stereotypes, stereotype threat, belonging uncertainty, inductive risk, boundaries of philosophy
Date Published June 2018
Google Scholar Link,5
Open Access?No

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