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The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy



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  • The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy
    The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy


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?
2 Patriarchy, the System: An It, Not a He, a Them, or an Us
3 Why Patriarchy?
4 Ideology, Myth, and Magic: Femininity, Masculinity, and "Gender Roles"
5 Feminists and Feminism
Part II Sustaining Illusions, Barriers to Change
6 Thinking about Patriarchy: War, Sex, and Work
7 What Patriarchy?
8 It Must Be Women
Part III Unraveling the Patriarchal Legacy
9 Shame, Guilt, and Responsibility
10 Unraveling the Gender Knot
Appendix: Resources for Unraveling the Knot 245(14)
Notes 259(24)
Index 283

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