Existentialism and the Origins of Male Supremacy

“While women demand a new status, says [Simone] de Beauvoir, they are far from achieving it and the institutions of patriarchy are still largely intact. Not only have 'abstract rights' not been granted to women everywhere; abstract rights themselves have never sufficed to assure women a definite hold on the world. True equality, she adds, … Continue reading Existentialism and the Origins of Male Supremacy

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Gloria Steinem, Preface to “Women Respond to the Men’s Movement”

“Make no mistake about it: Women want a men’s movement. We are literally dying for it. If you doubt that, just listen to women’s desperate testimonies of hope that the men in our lives will become more nurturing toward children, more able to talk about emotions, less hooked on a spectrum of control that extends … Continue reading Gloria Steinem, Preface to “Women Respond to the Men’s Movement”

Trafficking, Prostitution and Inequality: A Public Lecture by Catharine MacKinnon

https://youtu.be/zpYegz1OqHA “Now, to be fair, most johns [buyers] know the women don’t enjoy it, and they [johns] know they [the women] are there out of economic necessity. They know they are buying their poverty, not their will. But - and get this - they consider that “consent”. This is what consent means. Someone they know … Continue reading Trafficking, Prostitution and Inequality: A Public Lecture by Catharine MacKinnon

Feminist Masculinity

“Feminist masculinity presupposes that it is enough for males to have value, that they do not have to “do,” to “perform,” to be affirmed and loved. Rather than defining strength as “power over,” feminist masculinity defines strength as one’s capacity to be responsible for self and others. This strength is a trait males and females … Continue reading Feminist Masculinity

The Independent Woman

“[L]aw no longer includes obedience among a wife’s duties, and every woman citizen has become a voter; these civil liberties remain abstract if there is no corresponding economic autonomy; the kept woman--wife or mistress--is not freed from the male just because she has a ballot paper in her hands; while today’s customs impose fewer constraints … Continue reading The Independent Woman

The Macho Paradox

“Many people have rightly asked, “What is the macho paradox?” [...] If you are a man, it is a lot easier to be sexist and abusive toward women--or remain silent in the face of other men’s abuse--than it is to speak out against sexism. It is ironic that men who speak out against men’s violence … Continue reading The Macho Paradox

…And Man Created “Woman”: Representations of Women’s Bodies in Western Culture

“The 20-plus years of my professional life as clinical psychologist has been spent working with women who hate their bodies--women who feel “too fat,” although most of them are not “fat.” [...] They feel they have failed at being beautiful [...]. They have allowed me to see that their body hatred registers, silently, voicelessly, in … Continue reading …And Man Created “Woman”: Representations of Women’s Bodies in Western Culture

Revisiting Feminist Analyses of Men’s Violence

“Not all men need to use violence to reinforce their dominance. In fact, the more disadvantaged and marginalised men may use violence against women because it is the only form of dominance they can access. Upper-class and middle-class men often do not need to resort to violence against women as frequently because they have access … Continue reading Revisiting Feminist Analyses of Men’s Violence

What Is the Problem?

“Bacchi (1999) has been concerned for some years with the ways in which terms like ‘domestic violence’, ‘sexual harassment’ and ‘violence against women’ reflect particular representations of problems that often obscure or distort what the problem actually is. [...] I suggest that one of the key problems for addressing sexual and other forms of violence against … Continue reading What Is the Problem?

Criminology, ‘Crime Prevention’, and Rape

“Such ‘risk management’ or ‘rape avoidance’ approaches to sexual violence prevention are highly problematic for several reasons. First, risk management represents an inaccurate model of sexual violence victimisation, as even women who follow the safety guidelines may still become victims (see Carmody, 2006[*]; Lawson & Olle, 2006[**]; Neame, 2003[***]). Indeed, the list of behaviours women … Continue reading Criminology, ‘Crime Prevention’, and Rape