Short Essay #2 Guidelines:
In your paper, you
may refer to earlier articles in order to clarify or support your points.
Please follow the same paper guidelines as the first short
paper. These are posted on the website. The paper should be approximately
5 pages long.
General topic: Your analysis of our readings
from Okin's book: Is
Multiculturalism Bad for Women?
In choosing a specific topic for your essay, you will want to look for
some particular issue or argument that gives rise to philosophic and feminist criticism.
Your paper should introduce the topic with enough summary of the relevant author's (or
authors') views to set it into context. You should then present your analysis
(strengths/weaknesses of the readings) and discuss possible responses on the part of the
author(s) in question. Your own view should emerge from a careful consideration of the
author's views and the points you raise regarding these views.
It is not necessary to reach a firm conclusion. More important
is understanding and exploring the issue. My emphasis in evaluating the paper is on the
coherency of your explanations and the reasons you present for your own positions or
criticisms of others' positions. (See the criteria for evaluation on the syllabus/website
and notes on writing I gave in class). Your paper should display an understanding of the
relevant discussions and lectures provided on those issues and questions that apply to
I do insist, on the other hand, that the paper actually engage with the issues and
arguments dealt with in this course. Your paper must critically analyze and show the
courage to take a position on the issues under discussion.
I am happy to discuss specific questions you
have. I am also available to help you focus on a specific part of
the book, issue that interests you and to read drafts of your
Possible Specific Topics:
FGM in the US and Abroad
Court cases dealing with culture as a defense
Tensions between multiculturalism and
How can we be open and tolerant and still
criticize certain practices in someone else's culture and/or