Moral Theory and Gender


MoralTheory and Gender


MoralTheory and Gender

Menand women have different moral choices that affect theirinterpretation and evaluation of choices, decisions, and actions.According to society surveys, women are considered more of moralistthan men (Chaffee 2013), Men are likely to consider their moralchoices in terms of rights, justice whereas women consider theirmoral choices on the same line as men but with a deep emotionalconnect (Solomon &amp Higgins 2013). These moral choices between menand women trace back in the earlier ages where men’s morality lieswithin respect for rules, fairness, and responsibility. On the otherhand, women base their morality on respect and compassion amongothers.

Dueto the differences, interpretation and evaluation of choices andactions differ between men and women. Gender interpretation ofchoices, decisions and actions affect the creation of consistentmoral theory in society since, for women, relationship ties andemotional connect play an important role in determining their choicesunlike men (Walker 2014). In society, values play an important rolein making choices ranging from religious beliefs, cultural beliefs,and personal experiences. Men are likely to make choices on religiousbeliefs whereas women on personal experiences. For instance, howshould a rapist be dealt with, a woman is likely to make her decisionbased on how she feels or how she’s affected by such a case, whichis quite different from how a man would handle the case in the linesof justice.

Itis not possible to create a consistent common moral theory in societyfor both men and women, in society, since their experiences andapproach to issues are different (Kurtines et al. 2014). Whencreating a morality theory on society, psychologists ought toconsider the gender differences and balance in the society understudy.


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