Gender on Planet Earth by Ann Oakley

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An iconoclastic feminist's provocative analysis of gender inequality's destructive effects on our society and our planet.

Influential author and social scientist Ann Oakley argues that men and women have inherited and reinforce a system of gender differences that has a destructive effect on them, their shared humanity, and the planet. By showing us how every aspect of our lives is dominated by male/female power structures, she forces us to take a step back and see how and why gender inequality has thrown our society out of balance.

In Gender on Planet Earth, Oakley argues that the persistence of traditional gender values prevents us from leading more ethical and humane lives. Governed by "delusional systems" such as psychoanalysis and sociobiology, we assume that the imbalance of the sexes is the inevitable consequence of our genes, psyches, and unchangeable economic motives. Drawing from a broad array of literature, Oakley combines personal narrative with social commentary and eye-opening statistics to provide a provocative account of gender today.

 

About Ann Oakley

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Oakley, Richard Titmuss's daughter and literary executor, is director of the Social Science Research Unit at the University of London Institute of Education. She is a sociologist and writer on health, gender, and the family.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by The New Press. 304 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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(Both are marginalized, bicycles in the interests of automobiles, women in the interests of a power structure still characterized as “patriarchy.”) Although individual women are now included in the power base, it is the male mode that dominates, declares the author.

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British sociologist Oakley admits her book will satisfy only some of the people some of the time. Yet there are bound to be some who it will not satisfy at all, as her passionate commitment to make

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All is grist for Oakley's theme—violence, vegetarianism, postmodernism, housework, crime, women's liberation, children's books, transportation, cross dressing, the backlash to the women's liberation movement, grandparenthood, in vitro fertilization, cocaine, shopping, psychoanalysis, agriculture,...

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