"The Sexual Contract" and "The Racial Contract" Persuasive Essay

"The Sexual Contract" and "The Racial Contract"
A response to "The Sexual Contract" by Carole Pateman and "The Racial Contract" by Charles W. Mills.
# 153741 | 1,934 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 03, 2013 in Sociology (General) , Women Studies (General)

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The paper first discusses "The Sexual Contract" by Carole Pateman. The paper looks at how Pateman defines the social contract and argues that it is not so much a contract, but a shackle that men have agreed to place on women. The paper discusses the strength and domination of men that oppresses women and removes all sense of equality. The paper then examines "The Racial Contract" by Charles W. Mills that views the social contract not as a subjection of woman to man, but as the enslavement of non-white to white. This author posits that he finds "The Racial Contract" more believable and definitive than "The Sexual Contract", but notes that both works bring into sharp focus the equality disparity found between white males and every other sector of society.

From the Paper:

"I personally enjoy Classic Rock music. My favorite band is the Beatles, and I own all of their albums. I always viewed the Beatles, and John Lennon especially, as major forces or at least a representation of the forces desiring a movement to peace, love, and understanding amongst all people in the 1960s and 1970s. Two songs specifically stick out to me from John Lennon's discography whenever I think of race or gender issues. The first is "Woman is the Nigger of the World." A very interesting line from that song says "We make her paint her face and dance/ If she won't be a slave, we say that she don't love us/ If she's real, we say she's trying to be a man/ While putting her down, we pretend that she's above us." I remember first hearing this song when I was much younger and thinking that it was absolute trash and just another John Lennon and Yoko Ono lay-in-bed-and-do-nothing-for-peace act. Then as I grew older and saw how the chauvinism and sexism of my youth did not die out in others, I became worried that John Lennon may have been onto something. The second song by John Lennon that seemed pertinent to me on issues of relationships across race and sex was "Happy Xmas (War is Over)." I find it even a better example since the Christmas Season is in full swing. This song is far less accusatory or radical, but I believe the message it carries is an important one. "War is over, if you want it, war is over, now!" How important is that statement! If only it would happen."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Mills, Charles W. The Racial Contract. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1997. Print.
  • Pateman, Carole. The Sexual Contract. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1988. Print.

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