Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law

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Harvard University Press, 1987 - Political Science - 315 pages
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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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This is a collection of lectures given by the author, a feminist and legal scholar. Mainstream feminism, with its emphasis on obliterating the differences between the sexes, she states, has failed to ... Read full review

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Rigorous book , very well instructive and articulated. I think it can be touted as a feminist classic ! Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION The Art of the Impossible
1
APPROACHES
19
On Sex Discrimination
32
Desire and Power
46
Whose Culture? A Case Note on Martinez v Santa Clara
63
Women as Women in Law
70
APPLICATIONS
79
A Perspective
85
PORNOGRAPHY
125
Playboys Money
134
Not a Moral Issue
146
Pornography Civil Rights
163
On Collaboration
198
The Sexual Politics of the First Amendment
206
AFTERWORD
215
Notes
231

Beyond Roe v Wade
93
Its First Decade in Court
103
Women SelfPossession and Sport
117
Acknowledgments
307
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About the author (1987)

Catharine A. MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.

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