• Ruth Linn


Western society perpetuates wars and motherhood as gendered ideas of justice and care. In their own war zones, women and men live in blended spheres: domestic and public, objective and subjective, rational and irrational. In the modern epistem, women and men may assume “separate” or “connected” positions as moral critics in the face of existing or prospective injustice. Here an attempt was made to examine motherhood as a narrative of moral resistance and the position awaiting for those who chose to assume it. I have tried to examine the problematic representation of women who wish to assume “separate” or “connected” positions, of women in the private and public spheres, of men as “connected” critics in the private and public spheres, and of the relationships between the two genders across and within cultures (Hekman, 1995). The target population were mature unwed mothers over 30. I embarked on this research from a study of male resisters, assuming the existence of defined gendered moral spheres. Both groups of individuals, male resisting soldiers and single mothers of choice, did not want to locate themselves in that position—it was not their moral desire but rather their moral necessity. Most mature unwed mothers would have preferred to bear a child within a conventional two-parent family.


Public Sphere Moral Knowledge Moral Position Moral Conflict Altruistic Action 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Linn
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  1. 1.University of HaifaMount CarmelIsrael

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