Seduction

“The patterns of intimate relationality enumerated in the seduction industry [or "pick-up artistry"], and the willingness with which many men buy into them, further evidence the production of distinctly antisocial forms of sociality and subjectivity within neoliberalism. Exacerbating this situation are postfeminist imperatives of ‘liberation’ and ‘empowerment’ which imbue women with uncompromising agency in sex... Continue Reading →

The Missing Feminist Revolution in Sociology: Functionalist Co-optation

"In the United States the sociological study of gender originated in functionalist family sociology and has been deeply shaped by the concepts developed by Talcott Parsons. [...] Early on, contemporary feminists recognized the influence and limitations of functionalism as a framework for understanding gender. Several of the founding works of the contemporary women's movement criticized Parsons... Continue Reading →

The Soviet Woman — a Full and Equal Citizen of Her Country

"It is a well-known fact that the Soviet Union has achieved exceptional successes in drawing women into the active construction of the state. This generally accepted truth is not disputed even by our enemies. The Soviet woman is a full and equal citizen of her country. [...] From the very beginning, Soviet law recognized that... Continue Reading →

#Notallmen, #Menenism, Manospheres and Unsafe Spaces: Overt and Subtle

“While feminists have long emphasised the extent to which constructions of gender impact negatively on men[1], the same message as engaged by the alt-right, MRAs and the manosphere does so with an explicit or tacit support of essentialised gender hierarchy and male supremacy. This allows them to critique feminism for undoing this natural way of... Continue Reading →

Existentialism and the Origins of Male Supremacy

“While women demand a new status, says [Simone] de Beauvoir, they are far from achieving it and the institutions of patriarchy are still largely intact. Not only have 'abstract rights' not been granted to women everywhere; abstract rights themselves have never sufficed to assure women a definite hold on the world. True equality, she adds,... Continue Reading →

Gloria Steinem, Preface to “Women Respond to the Men’s Movement”

“Make no mistake about it: Women want a men’s movement. We are literally dying for it. If you doubt that, just listen to women’s desperate testimonies of hope that the men in our lives will become more nurturing toward children, more able to talk about emotions, less hooked on a spectrum of control that extends... Continue Reading →

Trafficking, Prostitution and Inequality: A Public Lecture by Catharine MacKinnon

https://youtu.be/zpYegz1OqHA “Now, to be fair, most johns [buyers] know the women don’t enjoy it, and they [johns] know they [the women] are there out of economic necessity. They know they are buying their poverty, not their will. But - and get this - they consider that “consent”. This is what consent means. Someone they know... Continue Reading →

Feminist Masculinity

“Feminist masculinity presupposes that it is enough for males to have value, that they do not have to “do,” to “perform,” to be affirmed and loved. Rather than defining strength as “power over,” feminist masculinity defines strength as one’s capacity to be responsible for self and others. This strength is a trait males and females... Continue Reading →

The Independent Woman

“[L]aw no longer includes obedience among a wife’s duties, and every woman citizen has become a voter; these civil liberties remain abstract if there is no corresponding economic autonomy; the kept woman--wife or mistress--is not freed from the male just because she has a ballot paper in her hands; while today’s customs impose fewer constraints... Continue Reading →

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