9780674298743

Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law

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  • ISBN13:

    9780674298743

  • ISBN10:

    0674298748

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1988-04-01
  • Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Summary

Catharine A. MacKinnon, noted feminist and legal scholar, explores and develops her original theories and practical proposals on sexual politics and law. These discourses, originally delivered as speeches, have been brilliantly woven into a book that retains all the spontaneity and accessibility of a live presentation. MacKinnon offers a unique retrospective on the law of sexual harassment, which she designed and has worked for a decade to establish, and a prospectus on the law of pornography, which she proposes to change in the next ten years. Authentic in voice, sweeping in scope, startling in clarity, urgent, never compromised and often visionary, these discourses advance a new theory of sex inequality and imagine new possibilities for social change.Through these engaged works on issues such as rape, abortion, athletics, sexual harassment, and pornography, MacKinnon seeks feminism on its own terms, unconstrained by the limits of prior traditions. She argues that viewing gender as a matter of sameness and difference--as virtually all existing theory and law have done--covers up the reality of gender, which is a system of social hierarchy, an imposed inequality of power. She reveals a political system of male dominance and female subordination that sexualizes power for men and powerlessness for women. She analyzes the failure of organized feminism, particularly legal feminism, to alter this condition, exposing the way male supremacy gives women a survival stake in the system that destroys them.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Art of the Impossible 1(20)
I. APPROACHES
Not by Law Alone: From a Debate with Phyllis Schlafly
21(11)
Difference and Dominance: On Sex Discrimination
32(14)
Desire and Power
46(17)
Whose Culture? A Case Note on Martinez v. Santa Clara Pueblo
63(7)
On Exceptionality: Women as Women in Law
70(11)
II. APPLICATIONS
A Rally against Rape
81(4)
Sex and Violence: A Perspective
85(8)
Privacy v. Equality: Beyond Roe v. Wade
93(10)
Sexual Harassment: Its First Decade in Court
103(14)
Women, Self-Possession, and Sport
117(10)
III. PORNOGRAPHY
Linda's Life and Andrea's Work
127(7)
``More Than Simply a Magazine'': Playboy's Money
134(12)
Not a Moral Issue
146(17)
Francis Biddle's Sister: Pornography, Civil Rights, and Speech
163(35)
On Collaboration
198(8)
The Sexual Politics of the First Amendment
206(9)
Afterword 215(16)
Notes 231(76)
Acknowledgments 307(2)
Index 309

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