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Description - Gender on Planet Earth by Ann Oakley

A provocative analysis of gender inequalitya s destructive effects on our society and our planet. In this wide--ranging and powerful new book, the influential author and social scientist Ann Oakley mounts a devastating argument about the state of our humanity. Drawing on examples such as the simple experience of riding a bicycle through London, the way wea ve become a sick to death of womena , and the environmental abuse of our planet, she shows how every aspect of our lives is dominated by male/female power structures, and forces us to take a step back and see how and why gender inequality has thrown our society out of balance. In Gender on Planet Earth, Oakley argues that the persistence of traditional gender values prevents us from leading more ethical and humane lives. Governed by "delusional systems" such as psychoanalysis and sociobiology, we assume that the imbalance of the sexes is the inevitable consequence of our genes, psyches and unchangeable economic motives. Drawing from a broad array of literature, Oakley combines personal narrative with social commentary and eye--opening statistics to provide a provocative account of the state wea re really in.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745629643
ISBN-10: 0745629644
Format: Paperback
(226mm x 153mm x 23mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » From British feminist/novelist Oakley (The Men's Room, 1989, etc.), a tightly argued thesis that the continuing imbalance of power between the sexes is a symptom, not a cause, of "a violent, aggressive, competitive, commodified, selfish way of life" damaging to the health and well-being of the planet. That way of life is still propelled by men and acquiesced to by women, in spite of the feminist movement, and its ramifications are evident across society from forthright issues of inadequate childcare to obscure intellectualizations in postmodernist salons, asserts Oakley (Sociology/Univ. of London). She breaks down her arguments into smaller pieces in chapters that address both anecdotally and statistically the problems, for instance, of women and bicycles. (Both are marginalized, bicycles in the interests of automobiles, women in the interests of a power structure still characterized as "patriarchy.") Although individual women are now included in the power base, it is the male mode that dominates, declares the author. Bolstering her contentions, she moves on to explorations of violence against women and environmental exploitation as motivated by both power and profit in a chapter that curiously links destructive agricultural practices with reproductive technologies. Oakley really gets rolling when she goes after what she calls "delusional systems," among them psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, modern economics, evolutionary psychology/sociobiology (which lets the genes take the blame for "messy moral, political and economic issues"), and postmodernism, which eschews objective reality. After a questionable side trip into science fiction and fantasy writings to reimagine gender roles and nonviolent societies, Oakley returns to a potent discussion of the damaging patriarchal society as it functions today, including what it would take to begin to eliminate violence, poverty, and neglect in the world. She's not optimistic. Tough going for the lay reader, but crowded with provocative ideas and inspired by a worthy vision. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Ann Oakley

Ann Oakley is a Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of London and Director of the Social Science Research Unit at the University of London's Institute of Education. She has been writing and researching in the area for over 30 years. Her previous books include Experiments in Knowing, Man and Wife, The Men's Room, The Captured Womb, Subject Women, Becoming a Mother, Housewife, The Sociology of Housework, and Sex, Gender and Society

Books By Ann Oakley

Sex, Gender and Society by Ann Oakley
Paperback, January 2015
Critical Woman by Ann Oakley
Hardback, June 2011
Gender on Planet Earth by Ann Oakley
Hardback, October 2002
Experiments in Knowing by Ann Oakley
Paperback, January 2000