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Coming to LifePhilosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering$
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Sarah LaChance Adams and Caroline R. Lundquist

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823244607

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823244607.001.0001

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Of Courage Born

Of Courage Born

Reflections on Childbirth and Manly Courage

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Kayley Vernallis

Fordham University Press

Various traditional religious and philosophical views, as well as contemporary gender-role socialization, lead us to attribute physical, socially useful courage almost exclusively to men (e.g. “manly courage”). I argue that women's courage has been unfairly overlooked, especially in reproduction and childbirth. Childbirth isn't merely a biological event, however, but is an arena in which the virtue of physical, socially useful courage is exhibited. There may be political costs to extending the concept of manly courage to the arena of childbirth.

Keywords:   childbirth, pregnancy, feminism, virtue, courage, manly courage, Aristotle, Christianity

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