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Women vs. Feminism : Why We All Need Liberating from the Gender Wars - by Joanna Williams (Paperback)

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The author critiques feminism, views it as demonizing men and degrading women by treating them as victims, and raises questions about the direction and purpose of feminism today. She argues that girls are doing better at school than boys, they are entering higher education in greater numbers than men, they are getting degrees in more subjects, and they have better employment prospects, while the gender pay gap has narrowed. She explores the impact of feminism on education; the experiences of women at work and problems with viewing the workplace through gender; the gender pay gap, its politicization, and problems with it; and why women are more likely to choose part-time work. She discusses the difference between women’s progress at school and work and the perception of their lives, particularly how the view of women as victims creates a focus on women as oppressed, arguing that this claim has little meaning today. She considers men’s and women’s private relationships and how feminism moved from celebrating sexual liberation to seeking to regulate sex and relationships by focusing on sexual harassment, ******, and ****** culture, removing women’s sexual agency; the consequences of problematizing and policing heterosexuality and masculinity; and the changing nature of campaigns for women’s rights from the 19th century through second-wave feminism in the 1970s, subsequent ideas about intersectionality and identity politics, and the consequences of the move toward identity politics for feminism and what it means to be a woman. Distributed in North America by Turpin Distribution. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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