Research Blog 4

“Lifting the Burden of Women’s Care Work: Should Robots Replace the “Human Touch”?

Notes:

  • Key claims: The entire structure of community care, therefore, relies on a historical model of women as homemakers and caretakers in the private sphere of the home. Replacing the Women’s care work with Robots to solve the lack care and the opinion of the elder people.
  • Examples to illustrate: Janet Finch, like many other feminist critics of care practices, focuses on the way in which expansion of “community care services” results in a regression of women’s rights and interests.

Japan has responded to this problem by developing technologies to assist with some of the care demands.

  •  Gist: Women as primary caretakers in situations of long-term care
  • Contextualize: JENNIFER A. PARKS, is also the author of Bioethics in a Changing World

Summary: 

This article “Lifting the Burden of Women’s Care Work: Should Robots Replace the “Human Touch”? is written by Jennifer A. Parks, who also wrote The Bioethics in a Changing World. She argues in this article how a woman is a primary caretaker in a society and how this job is difficult to her by illustrating the example of Janet Finch. She is like many other feminist critics of care practices, focuses on the way in which expansion of “community care services” results in a regression of women’s rights and interests”.In fact, the entire structure of community care, therefore, relies on a historical model of women as homemakers and caretakers in the private sphere of the home. As a result, some countries replace the women’s care work with Robots to solve the lack care like for example what happen in Japan. Japan has responded to this problem by developing technologies to assist with some of the care demands. However, when the idea is presented to the elderly residents of the home, many are horrified and reject it outright. The idea of allowing a machine to do such personal care strikes many residents as being too detached and impersonal. How are we to negotiate this impasse?

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