Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2000 - Social Science - 276 pages
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Once confident in the potential of feminism to create a more equitable and just society, Daphne Patai persuasively demonstrates in Heterophobia how the efforts of some feminists - members of what she calls the "sexual harassment industry" - have created an environment that stifles healthy and natural interactions between the sexes. The tremendous growth of sexual harassment legislation represents feminism's greatest contemporary success, but this victory has dubious consequences - a world where kindergarten boys face legal action for kissing female classmates and men are sued by coworkers for offenses such as unwanted hugs, uninvited compliments, or glances that last too long.
  

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Apowerful critique of big sister purity feminism with an emphasis on the sexual harassment industry. She credits me with inspiring her to write this book. Thank you, Daphne. Read full review

Contents

Saving Womanhood
17
The Sexual Harassment Industry
33
Typifying Tales
63
The Accusers
65
The Fruits of Injustice
79
Galloping Contradictions
105
The Feminist Turn against Men
127
Heterophobia
129
The Authority of Experience
163
There Ought to Be a Law
185
A Feminism for the Future?
211
Notes
215
Acknowledgments
253
Index
255
About the Author
277
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Daphne Patai is professor of Brazilian literature and literary theory at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of a number of books on literature, utopian studies, and the culture wars, most recently "Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women's Studies," Revised Edition (with Noretta Koertge).

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