A feminist of international standing strives toward a theory about the web of relations between the sexes
Why Women are Oppressed
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Anne G. Jónasdóttir, foreword by Kathleen B. Jones
Why Women are Oppressed offers a much-needed radical feminist perspective on the "political conditions of sexual love." Recognizing that "sexual life always exists in definite socioeconomic contexts," Anna G. Jónasdóttir develops a theory that elucidates the question: Why does men's social and political power persist even in Western societies where women have socioeconomic equality?
Throughout, Jónasdóttir gives empirical relevance to her theorizing. She cites situations in various spheres of society where men and women compete and where men come out as "winners" for no obvious reason other than their malehood. Her account of women as loving caretakers "for" men, rather than desiring, interested subjects in reciprocally erotic relations stirs debate about women's needs and interests.
Foreword Kathleen B. Jones
1. Introduction: Patriarchy as a Problem in Political Theory
2. Sex/Gender, Power, and Politics: Patriarchy in the Formally Equal Society
3. Common Oppression and Specific Experiences: Abstraction and Concretization in Feminist Theory
4. Patriarchy, Marxism, and the Dual Systems Theory
5. Beyond "Oppression": The Exploitation of Women
6. Her for HimHim for the State: The Significance of Sex and Marriage in Hobbes's and Locke's Political Theories
7. The Concept of Interest, Women's Interests, and the Limitations of Interest Theory
8. Does Sex Matter to Democracy?
9. Taking Sex Seriously
Anna G. Jónasdóttir is Research Fellow in Gender Studies and Political Science at the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, University of Örebro, Sweden.