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Ceasefire!: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality
     

Ceasefire!: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality

by Cathy Young
 
A "dissident feminist" links feminist advocacy to the growing gender antagonism in politics, society, and culture--and proposes in its place a new focus on equality for both sexes.

Overview

A "dissident feminist" links feminist advocacy to the growing gender antagonism in politics, society, and culture--and proposes in its place a new focus on equality for both sexes.

Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Powers
...[T]he society of human equality Young advocates is but a newer version of the utopian...proposals Gloria Steinem used to expound in her day for our future social order....In elevating the work that most women do outside the home to the status of career...Young inevitably denigrates what they do inside the home, and thus misses something essential about the desires of ordinary women. —Commentary
Mary-Christine Sungalia
...[T]he newest entrant in the race to criticize feminist values and challenge the continued vitality of the women’s movement....By the book’s end, it becomes clear that, in Young’s view, no "movement" can or should finish the work that feminism started....Its emphasis on individual responsibility for social change reminds us that, to effect such change, we cannot rely on feminism alone. —Jurist: The Law Professors' Network
Cynthia Fuchs Epstein
Young rightly points out that women have been ill-served by the insistence on sexual difference in the past, and her view that men are disadvantaged as well is insightful.
The New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
A call for men and women to stand down from the gender wars, culminating with a 12-step program that is intended to lay common ground in "trying to make life better for all of us-women, men, and our children." The author's thesis is that, as feminists of the 1970s achieved the goals they appropriately sought-i.e., equality in the workplace and elsewhere in society-ideologies hardened. Young disputes the feminist belief that the personal is political; what's personal is personal, she claims, and the battle for equal rights is not an excuse for portraying men as "fundamentally malevolent." Although feminists themselves are divided regarding various issues-pornography, most visibly-they share, according to the author, "a propensity for sweeping statements based on modest evidence." Young offers evidence that other basic feminist credos are mistaken: e.g., that male violence is directed primarily against women or that male privilege comes without any price (men die younger, she points out). Young, a journalist who describes herself as a "dissident feminist," contends that rape is not a bias crime. She also examines the men's movement, where men often take on the role of victim, and what she views as the confused response from political conservatives regarding gender roles. The 12 steps to an egalitarian society include such seemingly innocuous (but, on examination, distinctly provocative) propositions as "Take gender politics out of the war on domestic violence" and "In politics, stop treating women as an interest group and acting as if women's claims were more legitimate than men's." A bucket of cool water on whiners of both sexes, along with a convincing appeal to look "fairly andcompassionately at both sides of these conflicts."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684834429
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
02/22/1999
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.10(d)

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