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The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy Paperback – April 29, 2005
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"Johnson argues...that although female oppression "is at the heart of patriarchy," its fundamental essence is men's relationship with other men as they engage in a continuous struggle to prove their manhood-not to women, but to each other... Johnson takes patriarchy to task, critically examining its dynamics to reveal an underlying, pervasive domination-and-control mentality that is destructive to both females and males." Choice
"... this book is a worthy addition to the small group of serious writing by men who understand the oppression of women, who can clearly and without defensiveness define a system of patriarchy, and who can voice the participation of both men and women in patriarchy without blaming the victim. Written in clear and accessible language-without academic boorishness or political rhetoric-this is a good introduction for women as well as men-but most importantly, it is from a man who can clearly explain to men what's happening and what they can do to change it." Feminist Bookstore News
"The best of feminist theory is linked with practice, and Johnson's book follows this tradition by connecting patriarchy's macrostructure to its microstructure and by encouraging the reader to envision taking the necessary steps to dismantle the system... It is beautifully written and thoughtful, and provides compelling analyses of contemporary patriarchy and of the powerful ideology that supports the system and inhibits change... In addition to the quality scholarship, Johnson makes it clear throughout The Gender Knot that his work is more than an academic exercise; it is a guidebook for a life-changing adventure." Contemporary Sociology
"Highly accessible and a pleasure to read, Johnson never oversimplifies the complex issue he explores. His engaging and conversational style will appeal to a wide audience and will be particularly useful for the classroom." Gender and Society
"Allan G. Johnson's stirring new book ... more than dusts off the word [patriarchy] to parse it; he resurrects it. He makes it pulse again with portent. And he emboldens readers to do something about it that will make a difference...The Gender Knot belongs on the reading list of every course in sexual politics that encourages students to engage (if not "smash") patriarchy meaningfully." Men and Masculinities
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This is a great book. It is the kind of book you want as madatory reading in social studies in school. Yes, it is a bit repetetive (especially if you are not reading your first book in this area) but never really redundant. but it gives you deep insights not just in the system but it sheds light on issues almost every heterosexual couple seems to be struggling with on some front. and it doesn't do what most book about couple's issues these days suggest (which is baiscally for the lady to either *make* him see the light or walk) it rats out the real culprit without blaming one side but at the same time squary placing the responsibilty for change on the side which benefits most from tha system.
not a small feat IMO.
At some point, if you are woman, you will get angry as a number of your suspicions get confirmed. YOu will become angry as you see your father and husband colluding to keep you in your place. BUt you will also be able to see past that behaviour wnd not truly BLAME them for it.If you are a man, I suppose this isn't a comfortable read either. BUt while Mr. Johnson is telling you to change he manages to never blame you for teh history.
I was really amazed by his *proposition* on how we need to adress the issue. He gives a couple of very specific suggestions on what to do. He assures us that the big leaps come over generations and that they are coming. But in teh end he dares us to REALLY look. To see what this system is, how it objectivies humans and devalues your mothers, wifes, sisters and friends and he dares you to see and NOT change, because That is what you will do, once you have seen how this works