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ISBN: 9781742199924
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The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men
Robert Jensen
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The pathology of patriarchy, the idea that one group of people should control another—even own them, own even life itself—is at the core of today’s crises.

The End of Patriarchy asks one key question: What do we need to create and maintain stable, decent human communities that can remain in a sustainable relationship with the larger living world?

Robert Jensen’s answer is feminism and a critique of patriarchy.

He calls for a radical feminist challenge to institutionalized male dominance; an uncompromising rejection of men’s assertion of a right to control women’s sexuality and reproduction; and a demand for an end to the violence and coercion that are at the heart of all systems of domination and subordination.

The End of Patriarchy makes a powerful argument that a socially just society requires no less than a radical feminist overhaul of the dominant patriarchal structures.

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Release date in USA, Canada and UK, 17 January 2017.

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Patriarchy is the water that we swim in, and it is poisonous and rank. Unless we see that, how can we ever escape into fresh clean air? In this lucid, balanced and immaculately argued book, Robert Jensen builds his case inexorably towards answering the biggest questions of our lives. Can we re-discover an equal society for humans? Can we live on this earth? We did once, and we can again. This is a book of hope.

Steve Biddulph AM, author of The New Manhood

At a time when much of what passes for feminism is actually a neo-liberal approach that privileges individual empowerment over revolutionary social change, Robert Jensen comes out with a much-needed book that is bound to put the radical back in feminism. His insightful analysis, unflinching commitment to radical feminism, and his courageous call to eradicate patriarchy makes The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men a refreshing and bold text.
Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, Wheelock College, and author of Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality

Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, Wheelock College, and author of Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality

Drawing on his many years of work, challenging toxic masculinity and the 'pathology of patriarchy', Robert Jensen shows what it really means — in both political and deeply personal ways — for men to support an end to systems of male dominance. Any man who considers himself an ally of the feminist movement should read this book. And then they should encourage every man they know to read it too.

Meagan Tyler, PhD, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, RMIT University, and co-editor of Freedom Fallacy: The limits of liberal feminism.

Table of Contents


Preface: Begin in the Body

Introduction: Follow Your Fear

Identity Politics and My Identity

Sex and Gender

Definitions of Sex and Gender

Sex/Gender and Race

Caution about Gender Claims

Patriarchy and Feminism



Pressing Arguments

Rape and Rape Culture: ‘Normal’ Violence


Sex/Gender Norms

Rape Culture

Rape’s Reality

Prostitution and Pornography: Sex Work or Sexual Exploitation?

‘Sex Work’: Justice and Dignity

‘Sex Workers’: Women’s Decisions

Men’s Choices

What Is Sex For?

Transgenderism: Biology, Politics, Ecology

A Critical Feminist Analysis

Definitions and Categories

Ground Rules for Debate

Question: Biology of Male/Female

Challenge: Politics of Man/Woman

Concern: Ecological Limits



Afterword: On Fear and Resistance by Rebecca Whisnant

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