There's never been a better time to be a woman. Thanks to those feminists who fought for liberation, young women today have freedom and opportunities their grandmothers could barely have imagined. Girls do better at school than boys and are more likely to go to university. As a result, women are taking more of the top jobs and the gender pay gap has all but disappeared. Yet rather than encouraging women to seize the new possibilities open to them, contemporary feminism tells them they are still oppressed.
Women vs Feminism: Why We All Need Liberating from the Gender Wars challenges this stance, unpicking the statistics from the horror stories to explore the reality of women's lives. It argues that today's feminism is obsessed with trivial issues - skinny models, badly phrased jokes and misplaced compliments - and focuses on the regulation of male behaviour, rather than female empowerment, pitching men and women against each other in a never-ending gender war that benefits no-one.
Feminism today does women no favours and it's time we were all liberated from the gender wars.
Joanna Williams is Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent and is the author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity and Consuming Higher Education: Why Learning Can't Be Bought. She is education editor of the online magazine Spiked, a frequent contributor to The Spectator, and has written for numerous other publications from the Times Higher Education to the Erotic Review.
Part One: Women's Lives Today Chapter 1, Schooling for Success Chapter 2, Women at Work Chapter 3, The Gender Pay Gap Chapter 4, The Motherhood Penalty Part Two: Private Relationships, Public Concerns Chapter 5, Victors or Victims? Chapter 6, Sex and Relationships Chapter 7, The Trouble With Boys Part Three: Feminism Then and Now Chapter 8, Not Your Grandmother's Feminism Chapter 9, The Personal is Political Chapter 10, Being a Woman Conclusions, Do We Still Need Feminism?