- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415948282
- ISBN-13: 978-0415948289
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Meda Chesney-Lind is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and Adjunt Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has served as Vice President of the American Society of Criminology and President of the Western Society of Criminology. Her co-authored book, Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice , won the American Society of Criminology's Michael J. Hindelang Award in 1992. In 2001, she received the Bruce Smith, Sr. Award for "outstanding contribution to Criminal Justice" by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Katherine Irwin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
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The authors have painted a sinister picture in their approach to this topic. A picture that does not take full accountability for females part in the co-creation of a culture that is abusive and oppressive to BOTH girls and boys. Where is the clarity and truth of the middle point between the extreme polarized views of feminism and masculinism in this book? If an argument is valid, it includes the whole picture and counterbalances its points with the facts of the entire context of the subject. What the authors have done is to demonize boys and men as a whole (yet they are hypocritically making the case against the demonization of girls) and have refused collective mutual responsibility for the culture we live in.
As far as patriarchy is concerned, in its extreme form, it is damaging to BOTH males and females. Extreme matriarchy would be the same way. What is truly needed is a collective revision of our gender roles and a living commitment to the change of equalization between the sexes. The rhetorical stone casting between males and females (even in academic work) is not helping to achieve this. The authors state that "girls are in a double-bind"; but then again, so are boys. The mandatory indoctrination of boys and girls with rigid gender roles of the past has created the ways and means for mutual wounds. Simply think about the stereotypes that are made of females and males. Are they really helpful?
Men and women must come together as equal partners in this work. This book does well in setting fires under those who are emotionally swayed to fight in the name of "female liberation." Certainly there can be some good that can come of that... but liberation must be freeing to everyone to be true! -In other words, one cannot prosper by knocking another down. This book is an attempt to knock males down and to build females up disguised as a call for sweeping systemic change. Truly, I would love to see more work by these authors portraying the whole truth and "the big picture" in a way that is NOT condemning of anyone. A work that does not have to craft a version of truth to such an extreme that it insultingly creates more social unrest and discontentment.
You would be wise to contrast this book with other literary works that offer a mutually workable solution, not just complaints and finger pointing. The amount of research presented is very impressive. I admire and respect the authors for their dilligence and sharing such a strong view in this field. Please be fair about what you do with this kind of information! This book has a place, but remember, it is a very biased and extreme view that leaves a lot of integral truth out to strengthen the authors' case. Due to the lack of fairness and ethical grounding I give this book two stars.