Main : feminism, human rights, sexual abuse, violence against women
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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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.
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.
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.
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
Rape and Rape Culture: ‘Normal’ Violence
Prostitution and Pornography: Sex Work or Sexual Exploitation?
‘Sex Work’: Justice and Dignity
‘Sex Workers’: Women’s Decisions
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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