Girls Blush, Sometimes: Gender, Moral Agency, and the Problem of Shame
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
2003 by Hypatia, Inc.
Special Issue: Women, Art, and Aesthetics
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 21–41, August 2003
How to Cite
MANION, J. C. (2003), Girls Blush, Sometimes: Gender, Moral Agency, and the Problem of Shame. Hypatia, 18: 21–41. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2003.tb00820.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
Few contemporary philosophers discuss the ways in which the emotion of shame may be gendered. This paper addresses this situation, examining Gabriele Taylor's (1985 and 1995) account of genuine vs. false shame. 1 argue that, by attending to the social pressures placed on many women to conform to a certain vision of femininity, an analysis of the shame to which women may be prone shows that Taylor's account of shame remains incomplete.