The Vampire or the Archer?

In 1949, philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote the foundational, philosophical, feminist text, The Second Sex, in which she analyzes the roles of men and women, and determines that gender roles limit our opportunities to be free agents. These roles demote women to an inferior status and encourage women’s propensity toward self-sacrifice.Today, researchers are still undecided about just how much difference gender makes on ethical decisions and moral reasoning. Some scholars believe that any gender differences are simply a matter of socialization. Some feminists worry that delineating male and female ethics might encourage more gender stereotypes, and lead to the evaluation of one ethical approach as superior to the other.

Given your readings from the textbook or your own familiarity with these characters, to what extent do you think Bella Swan from Twilight or Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games are operating within a feminist ethical framework? Are they free agents? -Regardless of your own particular gender, is there anything about the ethical decisions of these female characters, Katniss or Bella, that reflects your own perspective and values?

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