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The Gender Knot

Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy, 3rd Ed.
Narrated by: Gary Roelofs
Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
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Summary

The Gender Knot, Allan Johnson's response to the pain and confusion that men and women experience by living with gender inequality, explains what patriarchy is and isn't, how it works, and what gets in the way of understanding and doing something about it. Johnson's simple yet powerful approach avoids the paralyzing trap of guilt, blame, anger, and defensive denial that often results from conversations about gender.

This edition features:

  • Updated references, data, resources, and examples, especially in relation to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity (e.g., gay marriage, transgender)
  • A new chapter, "What Changes and What Does Not: Manhood and Violence", that provides an extended analysis of the causes of men's violence as a patriarchal phenomenon

The book is published by Temple University Press.

©2014 Allan G. Johnson (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Johnson's book is beautifully written, thoughtful, and provides compelling analyses of patriarchy and the powerful ideology that supports it and inhibits change. It is a guidebook for a life-changing adventure." ( Contemporary Sociology)
"An excellent gift for anyone who 'just doesn't get it' about feminism." ( Psychology of Women Quarterly)

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The book university professors assign . . .

This is the 3rd edition of the seminal book on patriarchy that is used in university classrooms across the country. Forget all the biased stuff you read on the internet -- this book is the scholarship of professor Allan G Johnson of Temple University. What he says is written with academic rigour -- but is easy listening for the average punter.

This book makes depressing listening, as you will learn the overwhelming reality is that we live within a patriarchal society 10,000 years in the making. It won't be unraveled within our lifetimes. But reading it means you will gain the tools to discern where harm lies for women in our wider society --- and how it harms men's happiness in the process. You'll be in the vanguard of understanding institutional patriarchy . . . the subtle ways women are marginalised that you've never even realised (not even women see all of it). Well worth every single minute of listening time. It is an easy, fascinating listen. Absolutely recommend it.

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Everyone should read/hear this!

Probably the most influential book I have ever read. Will most certainly be reading it again soon!