Classical-liberal or libertarian feminists hold that the right tofreedom from coercive interference has powerful implications forwomen's lives. It implies that women have the right to freedom inintimate, sexual and reproductive matters. This includes sexualautonomy (the right to engage in sexual activity of one's choosingincluding the buying and selling of sex (Almodovar 2002; Lehrman 1997,23), and the right to defend oneself against sexual aggression,including the use of firearms (Stevens et al. 2002)); freedom ofexpression (the right to appear in, publish, and consume pornographyfree of censorship (McElroy 1995; Strossen 2000)); freedom of intimateassociation (the right to partner or enter into a private marriagecontract (McElroy 1991a, 20)); and reproductive freedom (the right touse birth control, have an abortion (on the minority of pro-lifelibertarians see Tabarrok 2002, 157), and buy and sell bodilyreproductive services, for example as in surrogate motherhood (Lehrman1997, 22; McElroy 2002b; Paul 2002)). Freedom from interference withperson and property also means that women have the right to engage ineconomic activity in a free market, entering contracts, and acquiring,controlling and transferring property free of sexist state limits(Epstein 1992; Kirp, Yudolf, and Franks 1986, 204).
Chopin’s story uses the feelings of a married woman in the late 1890’s and feminine identities, to help the reader better understand married life of a woman during that period in time....
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Being free of the limits set by patriarchal paternalistic andmoralistic laws: Patriarchal paternalistic laws restrict women'soptions on the grounds that such limits are in women's interest. Thinkfor example of laws that limit women's employment options on thegrounds that taking certain jobs is not in women's interest (Smith2004). Patriarchal moralistic laws restrict women's options on thegrounds that certain options should not be available to women becausemorality forbids women's choosing them. Think for example of laws thatprohibit or restrict prostitution or abortion, or laws that favorcertain kinds of sexual expression or family forms (Cornell 1998;Brake 2004). Together, patriarchal paternalistic and moralistic lawssteer women into socially preferred ways of life. These are unfairrestrictions on women's choices, on the liberal feminist view, becausewomen's choices should be guided by their own sense of theirself-interest and by their own values. (But see Chambers (2008,203–231) for liberal feminist uses of paternalism.)