Part 3.3: Autonomy and Feminine Socialization

9 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2008 Last revised: 17 Feb 2009

Date Written: 1989


Part III. Section 3. Autonomy and Feminine Socialization: Having agreed with Beauvoir that narcissism and altruism contribute to women's lack of autonomy, Meyers examines Beauvoir's account of autonomy in light of her own conception of autonomy competency and argues that Beauvoir's conception of autonomy is too stringent. Autonomy competency, in contrast, allows for degrees of autonomy and variations in degree as viewed over a life-time, as well as for a distinction between programmatic and episodic autonomy. Meyers concludes by characterizing minimal, medial, and full autonomy

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meyers, diana, Part 3.3: Autonomy and Feminine Socialization (1989). Available at SSRN: or

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