Rethinking political action and enforcing sexual morality : Finnish women’s struggle for suffrage as conceptual politics

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Elomäki , A 2009 , Rethinking political action and enforcing sexual morality : Finnish women’s struggle for suffrage as conceptual politics . in Redescriptions : yearbook of political thought, conceptual history and feminist theory . vol. 13 , Lit Verlag , Münster , pp. 147-168 .

Title: Rethinking political action and enforcing sexual morality : Finnish women’s struggle for suffrage as conceptual politics
Alternative title: Uudelleenajatellaan poliittista toimintaa, vahvistetaan seksuaalista moraalia Suomalaisten naisten äänioikeustaistelu käsitepolitiikkana
Author: Elomäki, Anna
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Gender Studies
Publisher: Lit Verlag
Date: 2009
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Redescriptions yearbook of political thought, conceptual history and feminist theory
ISBN: 978-3-643-99937-5
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/158325
Abstract: “Sittlichkeit” (siveellisyys) is one of the key concepts used by Finnish women’s rights activists when they in the beginning of 20th century demanded the rights for political participation. But how is the term siveellisyys, the meaning of which a modern Finnish reader easily connects with prudish sexual morality, related to political participation and suffrage? I argue that in the Finnish suffragists’ argumentation for the vote the term has a clear public and political dimension, which can be best understood through the concept of Sittlichkeit as it appears in Johan Vilhelm Snellman's political philosophy influenced by Hegel’s system of concepts, referring to the political nature of action and getting a meaning close to “civic”. I will focus on explicating the interplay of two of the meanings that the term siveellisyys gets in women's texts: that of the Snellmanian idea of the political nature of action, and that of pure sexual morality. I argue that on one hand suffragists use the term siveellisyys similarly to the Snellmanian concept of Sittlichkeit to enable women to be considered as political actors and to construct an idea of political action which they contrast to party politics. On the other hand, in its meaning related to sexual ethics, the term siveellisyys is used to indicate that not all women are capable for political action.
Subject: 514 Sociology
naiset
politiikka
Suomi
äänioikeus
historia
naiset
politiikka
Suomi
äänioikeus
historia
naiset
politiikka
Suomi
äänioikeus
historia
616 Other humanities
615 History and Archaeology
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