A Woman's Ethical Rights

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A Woman’s Ethical Rights Dusty Hofstetter 2/22/2015

Instructor Atkinson

Week 5 Final Paper

Women earn 77 percent of what men earn for the same job (Edmonds, 2014). That equals about .77 cents of every dollar that a man earns. We as women are losing 23 cents just because we are women. I have chosen to write about woman's equality using the utilitarian and deontology ethical theories. The world today is a much different world to live in for women, yet it is much the same in other countries as it has been for centuries. Even if they have so many other obstacles to overcome, woman still find a way to prevail. Woman still get the short end of the stick most days with lower income than men, inadequate training for jobs, losing their jobs because of family obligations and in some instances not even a choice on the size of their families. There are so many unethical practices that are used in some woman’s lives. If a woman is to say she was raped, the questions the authorities may ask do not always support the woman’s claims. The authorities will question her, they may ask her questions based on the type of life she leads, the type of clothes she wears or what type of job she has. This is not an example of the utilitarian theory but the complete opposite, the authorities should not judge the woman by any of these things, instead they should be looking into the person that committed the crime and help catch this person so that other people are safe. They reply to the cry of rape with what I believe to be the emotive ethical perspective. It’s a moral issue, if this woman that was raped is a stripper that wears revealing clothing some might say she was asking for the action of rape. However, if a woman that is dressed in a suit and works in a high end job, the first impression of the rape victim is completely different. In most uncivilized countries rape is a natural thing that happens daily. In a war zone, the opposing side will rape women and children for fun and spite
(Edmond, 2014). If you are married marital rape is excused, a common practice mostly because women in these countries are trapped in loveless, abusive relationships, due to poverty, where the

man forces his wife who despises him to copulate. In other places, rape is only considered rape if you have several male witnesses. The inequality that society sets upon women is deplorable in many similar situations.
Author, Molly Edmonds writes about women in different countries in her article Gender and
Sexuality (2014). She states that in Saudi Arabia, women cannot even leave their homes without a man’s permission, drive a car or a bike on public roads or even give birth in a hospital environment. All because they are women and the world would see them without their veils and other men could see their exposed skin. In China and India, through testing parents can choose to abort a girl child or murder it after she is born if a test came back inconclusive or the family could not have the test done, all because males are considered more valuable. It is so common that society has a name for this lost fetuses and infants called “missing woman”. In Chile and Lesotho, women cannot own land without a male family members name on the deed. It has to be a father, brother or husband. If that male family member dies or leaves the land is lost to the woman and she is considered homeless. All of this inequality has led to a term Feminization of Poverty, when a woman is left without any land, monies or any way of getting a loan to help her family survive. Eventually the woman and