The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy

The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy

by Allan Johnson

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The Gender Knot, Allan Johnson's response to the pain and confusion that men and women experience by living with gender inequality, explains what patriarchy is and isn't, how it works, and what gets in the way of understanding and doing something about it. Johnson's simple yet powerful approach avoids the paralyzing trap of guilt, blame, anger, and defensive denial that often results from conversations about gender.

This edition features:
• Updated references, data, resources, and examples, especially in relation to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity (e.g., gay marriage, transgender/cisgender)
• A glossary of terms
• A new chapter, "What Changes and What Does Not: Manhood and Violence," that provides an extended analysis of the causes of men's violence as a patriarchal phenomenon

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439911846
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 10/19/2014
Edition description: 3rd Edition
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 1,152,668
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Allan G. Johnson is a nationally recognized sociologist, nonfiction author, novelist, and public speaker best known for his work on issues of privilege and oppression, especially in relation to gender and race. He is the author of numerous books, including Privilege, Power, and Difference. His work has been translated into several languages and excerpted in numerous anthologies. Visit him online at and follow his blog at

Table of Contents



Part I | What Is This Thing Called Patriarchy?

1 Where Are We?

2 Patriarchy, the System: An It, Not a He, a Them, or an Us

3 Why Patriarchy?

4 Ideology, Myth, and Magic: Femininity, Masculinity, and ‘Gender Roles’

5 Feminists and Feminism

Part II | Sustaining Illusions, Barriers to Change

6 Thinking about Patriarchy: War, Sex, and Work

7 What Patriarchy?

8 It Must Be Women

Part III | Unraveling the Patriarchal Legacy

9 Shame, Guilt, and Responsibility

10 What Changes and What Does Not: Manhood and Violence

11 What Can We Do? Unraveling the Gender Knot

Appendix: Resources for Unraveling the Knot




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Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wrote this book and my most recent book, Privilege, Power, and Difference, to help members of dominant groups explore issues of privilege in a nonthreatening way. I am a frequent speaker on college and university campuses and can be reached at Hartford College for Women of the University of Hartford.
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