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This week 20 Questions hosts Professor Carol Gilligan, an American
feminist currently visiting Israel on behalf of the College of
Management's Law School.
Gilligan is the author of numerous books in the field of gender studies, including In a Different Voice and most recently, Joining the Resistance.
Gilligan asserts that gender studies are as imperative today as women
studies were until now. One of the reasons for this is that gender
colors every aspect and issue in society.
Gilligan, a gendered issue in American society would be the health care
bill. Gendered feminine (as opposed to Wall Street or the military
which are by nature masculine), the bill is regarded as something that
should not be the governments responsibility.
To loosely paraphrase Gilligan, men are more concerned with the ethics
of justice while women are judged on the ethics of responsibility. With
that in mind, the question then arose of whether it is possible that
Israel is being judged as feminine by the international community – and
therefore more critiqued when it neglects the ethics of care and
Gilligan took this one stage further and posed the question: Are Jews gendered feminine?
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