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Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism (American Intellectual Culture) Paperback – June 28, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A devastating expose of the way academic feminists are driving their wedge between men and women. Professor Daphne Patai shows us the workings of the vast Sexual Harassment Industry (SHI) that now flourishes on the college campus. With humor, style, and persuasive analytic power, she demolishes its male-bashing arguments. And she does it all from a classical feminist point of view. (Christina Hoff Sommers, author of Who Stole Feminism?)
Heterophobia is a powerful brief for personal freedom and against efforts to politicize human relations and to strip them of their complexity. Patai leaves no doubt that sexual harassment laws and policies as they exist today do far more harm than good. Perhaps, as President Clinton's tribulations continue to fuel a backlash against 'sexual McCarthyism,' this timely book can provide an additional push for a rethinking of the ideological and legal orthodoxies that have gotten us where we are now. (Cathy Young Reason)
Patai brings common sense and muscular reason to the task. Though focused on academia, her outspoken study should be required reading for the workplace. (Publishers Weekly)
Patai's constitutes the first main-stream feminist voice to speak out in protest against the disastrous impact that the Sexual Harassment Industry (SHI) has on both men and women. Heterophobia ends the silence. A well-reasoned and well-structured book that is a pleasure to read. (Wendy McElroy The Women’S Freedom Network Newsletter)
Patai has set out to disrupt the 'intellectual comfort' of those who support the sexual harassment industry. In doing this she has issued a a timely warning to men and women everywhere about the consequences of the new 'heterophobia.' (David Nolan Lm120 5/99)
In Heterophobia Patai tackles the subject with conviction that our 'assumptions about the relations between men and women . . . are long overdue for questioning.' (Morgan James Grand Rapids Press, 5/99)
A provocative critique of a volatile feminist issue. (Patricia A. Beaber, College of New Jersey Library Journal)
If Heterophobia is right, all of us need some quick reeducation on sexual harassment law, before we start throwing each other in jail for asking the right time of the wrong person. (Carlin Romano The Philadelphia Inquirer)
This volume discusses the current focus of many feminists on sexual harassment, arguing that the surge of sexual harrasment cases has served to inhibit natural interactions between the sexes, & has replaced mutually enjoyable sexual banter with an artificial, often threatening, environment. (Sociological Abstracts)
Top Customer Reviews
Dr Patai's work was a godsend in terms of helping me, and now my colleague, to understand what has happened. Sadly, this event is in no way an aberration. Accusers face absolutely no adverse consequence for making false or frivilous charges, but the alleged harassers are routinely denied anything resembling due process. I won't try to reproduce all of the incredible insights that Dr. Patai brought to the table, but the key things I learned include the following:
1. The manuals, websites, and literature on SH endlessly encourage the filing of claims, with nary more than a passing nod to the rights of the accused.
2. ANY male (professor, student, whatever) who has ANY interaction with female students is at risk.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the very people who need to read this book will probably take one look at the title and run a mile. This is a real shame, because Patai's book is extremely thoughtful and deserves very careful consideration by men and women alike, whether pro- or antifeminist.
I don't agree with everything Patai says. She is weakest when she goes beyond the empirical reality of the current situation and tries to explain it as a feminist conspriracy. None of this takes away from her exposure of the disturbing truth behind the SH industry.
Read this book. Stop these people!
Heterosexuality generally comes under fire as a result of unchained misandry and a ridiculous sense that all "offensive" behaviors are equal. This equivocation leads to disturbed precepts. Many of the heterophobes she quotes regularly put the use of a sexist word like "manhole" on a par with rape. The juxtaposition of these vastly disparate transgressions has lead to many bizarre sexual harassment laws. Despite the good intentions behind these rubrics, the book presents many cases where they have done far more harm than good. Ms. Patai presents what she terms the Sexual Harassment Industry (SHI) as a big business that has gained tremendous power over a short period of time. From the universities who indoctrinate students to scholars who establish restrictive speech allowances, and the lawyers who prosecute the most nonsensical case, the SHI is shown to be a growth industry on the fast track.
Professor Patai includes some anecdotes which would sound like jocose fantasies were they not such absurdly sad realities.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are many stories here that reveal what is wrong with out society, one that I think especially does is the story of a student Michelle Gretzinger's attack on her professor,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gamaliel Isaac
"A devastating expose of the way academic feminists are driving their wedge between men and women. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JohnnyL
This book helped me understand much of my pain. I hope it will do the same for others.
Daphne was once a Women's Studies Professor. She actively worked with Feminists. Read more
Daphne Patai, co-author of Professing Feminism, has written a real
gem of a book about the sexual harassment industry (SHI). Read more
Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism
They should revise this book between the release - 2000 and at the present, there is a hidden topic in the... Read more
I am currently a Ph.D. student doing a dissertation using Foucault to criticize "hostile environment" sexual "harassment" law, and I've written a novel, Witch Hunt, dealing with... Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Richmond West
How did we reach this point? How could we possibly have come to equate acts of great violence with small, sometimes unintended slights? Read morePublished on February 25, 2009 by Richard B. Schwartz
I agree with a lot of what Daphne Patai argues in this book. I knew I would going into it, since I've read many other books by critics of feminism (Camille Paglia and Katie... Read morePublished on April 21, 2006 by vampsandtramps
Daphne Patai is a brilliant writer, who many radical/gender feminists wish would just go away. Once again, she shines the light of truth on the insidious goings on in the shadowy... Read morePublished on August 28, 2004 by Men'sRightsActivist