A compelling approach to gender inequality that empowers both men and women to be part of the solution instead of just part of the problem
The Gender Knot
Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy
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Revised and Updated Edition
Allan G. Johnson
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 result from conversations about gender. He shows how we all participate in an oppressive system we didn't create and how each of us can contribute towards its dissolution. He argues persuasively that something much better is possible and that our individual choices matter more than we can ever know.
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Praise for the first edition:
"A powerful approach to gender inequality that empowers both men and women to be part of the solution instead of just part of the problem. The Gender Knot belongs on the reading list of every course in sexual politics that encourages students to engage (if not 'smash') patriarchy meaningfully."
"As any knitter will tell you, the way to untangle a knot is not to pull hard on one end, but gently shake the entire skein until all the threads are loosened. In this book, Allan Johnson gently and patiently shakes the patriarchal knot until each of the constituent threads becomes analytically clear. In doing so, he gives men a way to be part of unraveling that oppressive knot, rather than simply tugging defensively on their end."
"This is a good book. Why is it good? It's well written, well argued, and nails all the key issues right on the head. It's the best book I've seen in this genre."
"[A] brilliant account of patriarchy."
"I love Johnson's book. It is beautifully written and 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."
"...a unique book that fills a void in the literature on gender. Highly accessible and a pleasure to read, Johnson never oversimplifies the complex issues he explores. His engaging, conversational style will appeal to a wide audience and will be particularly useful for the classroom."
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Preface and Acknowledgments
Part I: What Is This Thing Called Patriarchy?
Part II: Sustaining Illusions, Barriers to Change
Part III: Unraveling the Patriarchal Legacy
Appendix: Resources for Unraveling the Knot