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The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9781592133833

ISBN10:
1592133835
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
4/1/2005
Publisher(s):
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Part I What Is This Thing Called Patriarchy?
1 Where Are We?
3(24)
2 Patriarchy, the System: An It, Not a He, a Them, or an Us
27(24)
3 Why Patriarchy?
51(27)
4 Ideology, Myth, and Magic: Femininity, Masculinity, and "Gender Roles"
78(21)
5 Feminists and Feminism
99(34)
Part II Sustaining Illusions, Barriers to Change
6 Thinking about Patriarchy: War, Sex, and Work
133(21)
7 What Patriarchy?
154(24)
8 It Must Be Women
178(29)
Part III Unraveling the Patriarchal Legacy
9 Shame, Guilt, and Responsibility
207(17)
10 Unraveling the Gender Knot
224(21)
Appendix: Resources for Unraveling the Knot 245(14)
Notes 259(24)
Index 283


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