Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law

Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law

By: Catharine A. MacKinnon (author)Paperback

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Catharine A. MacKinnon, noted feminist and legal scholar, explores and develops her original theories and practical proposals on sexual politics and law. These discourses, originally delivered as speeches, have been brilliantly woven into a book that retains all the spontaneity and accessibility of a live presentation. MacKinnon offers a unique retrospective on the law of sexual harassment, which she designed and has worked for a decade to establish, and a prospectus on the law of pornography, which she proposes to change in the next ten years. Authentic in voice, sweeping in scope, startling in clarity, urgent, never compromised and often visionary, these discourses advance a new theory of sex inequality and imagine new possibilities for social change. Through these engaged works on issues such as rape, abortion, athletics, sexual harassment, and pornography, MacKinnon seeks feminism on its own terms, unconstrained by the limits of prior traditions. She argues that viewing gender as a matter of sameness and difference-as virtually all existing theory and law have done-covers up the reality of gender, which is a system of social hierarchy, an imposed inequality of power. She reveals a political system of male dominance and female subordination that sexualizes power for men and powerlessness for women. She analyzes the failure of organized feminism, particularly legal feminism, to alter this condition, exposing the way male supremacy gives women a survival stake in the system that destroys them.

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Catharine A. MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law (Long-Term) at Harvard Law School.


Introduction: The Art of the Impossible Part I: Approaches 1. Not by Law Alone: From a Debate with Phyllis Schlafly 2. Difference and Dominance: On Sex Discrimination 3. Desire and Power 4. Whose Culture? A Case Note on Martinez v. Santa Clara Pueblo 5. On Exceptionality: Women as Women in Law Part II: Applications 6. A Rally against Rape 7. Sex and Violence: A Perspective 8. Privacy v. Equality: Beyond Roe v. Wade 9. Sexual Harassment: Its First Decade in Court 10. Women, Self-Possession, and Sport Part III: Pornography 11. Linda's Life and Andrea's Work 12. "More Than Simply a Magazine": Playboy's Money 13. Not a Moral Issue 14. Francis Biddle's Sister: Pornography, Civil Rights, and Speech 15. On Collaboration 16. The Sexual Politics of the First Amendment Afterword Notes Acknowledgments Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780674298743
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 332
  • ID: 9780674298743
  • weight: 481
  • ISBN10: 0674298748

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