Autonomy, Freedom, and the Creation of the Embodied Subject
This chapter discusses the interplay between agency theory, freedom, autonomy and normative competence in addressing women’s agency. Agency, like freedom, carries with it specific choices with corresponding actions; but, like autonomy, it goes through a life-long process because it varies at different stages of a person’s life. In particular, women all have the potential for agency by being a member of the society. For instance, how women resist those structures, practices, and images that contribute to gender-based oppression. For a woman to become an effective agent, she needs to practice normative competence. Normative competence suggests that an individual should be able to engage oneself in an ethical relationship with morality or social norms; for instance, a woman must disregard the normative notions of being feminine and being masculine.
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