The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy

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Temple University Press, 2005 - 305 pages
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"The Gender Knot," Allan Johnson's response to the pain and confusion that men and women experience by living with gender inequality, explains what patriarchy is and isn't, how it works, and what gets in the way of understanding and doing something about it. Johnson's simple yet powerful approach avoids the paralyzing trap of guilt, blame, anger, and defensive denial that often result from conversations about gender. He shows how we all participate in an oppressive system we didn't create and how each of us can contribute towards its dissolution. He argues persuasively that something much better is possible and that our individual choices matter more than we can ever know. This revised, and updated edition features expanded discussions of:
* the core characteristics of patriarchy and its power as a social system
* the relationship between individuals and social systems
* men's movement assessments of patriarchy and gender inequality
* keyOCoand controversialOCoterms such as sexism, privilege, and political correctness"
 

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This is essentially directly in response to the other review for this book. It is definitely true that this book is not an easy read: while I'm a passionate feminist and was generally stimulated by many of the ideas put forth in the book, I was often still mentally numb after particular passages, in which it felt more like he was simply trying to cover an idea from every possible angle than actually present new information. You may find your mind drifting at times but know that all of the ideas presented in this book are at the very least a fascinating deconstruction of patriarchy and feminism.
While it is true that many of the points are not testable, they are observable. That's just sort of the nature of the beast when it comes to sociology. They are substantiated by the world around us, and how they apply to observable social phenomena.
 

Contents

Where Are We?
1
Patriarchy the System An It Not a He a Them or an Us
25
Why Patriarchy?
49
Ideology Myth and Magic Femininity Masculinity and Gender Roles
76
Feminists and Feminism
97
Thinking about Patriarchy War Sex and Work
131
What Patriarchy?
152
It Must Be Women
176
Shame Guilt and Responsibility
205
Unraveling the Gender Knot
222
Resources for Unraveling the Knot
243
Notes
257
Index
281
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