The Myth of Male Power
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Farrell debunks the myth of male power. He dares to question the image of male-as-oppressor, arguing that this misconception has hindered not only men, but women as well.
Dr. Warren Farrell (1943-present) is an American author of seven books on women and men's issues. His books are published in more than fifty countries, and in fifteen languages. His books & contributions cover twelve fields : history, law, sociology and politics (The Myth of Male Power); couples communication (Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say); economic and career issues (Why Men Earn More); child psychology and child custody (Father and Child Reunion); and teenage to adult psychology and socialization, (Why Men Are the Way they Are and The Liberated Man). All of his books contribute to women and men's studies and critique the image of the sexes in the media. For example, about his most recent book, Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?, the publisher, Oxford University Press states "A perfect book to get students thinking and debating... ideal for courses in gender studies, sociology, psychology, economics, feminist philosophy, and contemporary moral issues."
NOTE: You may need to crank the volume up a bit to hear the audio book.
Farrell's books are important if for no other reason than that so few men think and write on the subject. A common technique in Farrell is reversal of gender familiarity.
I usually introduce this idea with this observation: If you go to the supermarket you see many brides magazines. But you'll never see one called Grooms.
Back to Farrell. He says that the socialization of boys and girls results in the beginning of her dream
(the wedding with Mr. Right) is the end of his (nominally playing the field in which he is taught to seek as many women as he can.)
I read Farrell years ago and was very influenced by it.
Mar 28 2009, 06:22 CET
Eh..I'd skip to the systemic critique of Judith Butler. Check out Gender Trouble especially if the feminism you've been reading puts you in another box after exposing patriarchy.
Mar 30 2009, 15:44 CEST
The feminism I've read most recently is by Coco Fusco. The book is called "Field Guide For Female Interrogators". I'm going to copy in there a commnet I made for one of the Amaerican interview shows that had on Germaine Greer:
Germaine Greer talked about Shakespeare’s wife. Virginia Woolf wrote her analogy of Elizabethan women in her imagining of Shakespeare’s sister in “Room Of One’s Own.” The Eileen Atkins performance of “A Room Of One’s Own” lecture is available from libraries.
I would not have known of the Virginia Woolf lecture at Girton had I not read a recent piece by Matt Pascarella in the Feb (2009) issue of The Progressive magazine called “An Interrogation Room Of One’s own.” The article is about the performance artist Coco Fusco.
On Point should do an interview with Coco Fusco as a second generation feminist and performance artist addressing relevant issues for women today. Coco Fusco has also written a slim volume called “A Field Guide For Female Interrogators.” The book begins with an essay in the form of an open letter to Virginia Woolf. And it questions how women are used or deployed in the military. Fusco also addresses this in her live performance called ” A Room Of One’s Own:
Women in the New America.”
I am making these references in the context of the Germaine Greer program to give a wider exposure to the second generation feminists who are actively engaged in asking the difficult questions about what advancement in the military and elsewhere means– and at what cost."
This is the important work being done today.
And here again you make reference to a book by another woman rather than anything written on the subject by men.
Coco Fusco may say that feminism is the new patriarchy. But I'll leave that for other replies.
Mar 30 2009, 17:23 CEST