The Myth of Independence and the Major Life Activity of Caring
University of Cincinnati - College of Law
Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, Vol. 8, p. 327, 2004
U of Cincinnati Public Law Research Paper No. 09-25
Feminist theory and disability theory have much to offer one another, reinforcing each other where their perspectives overlap, informing each other where their interests diverge. In that spirit, this essay addresses questions of family care - needing and providing it - from both feminist and disability perspectives. First, the essay reviews the doctrinal framework for identifying major life activities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Next, it analyzes and synthesizes feminist literature that establishes the critical role of caring in the perpetuation and flourishing of individuals, families, communities, and society in its principal institutions. Finally, it explores the broader insights that feminism offers to challenge the social structures and cultural myths that perpetuate stereotypes and misconceptions about the concept and consequences of "disability."
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Date posted: October 2, 2009