The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance

The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance

by Diane Rosenfeld
The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance

The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance

by Diane Rosenfeld


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Foreword by Ashley Judd

“Rosenfeld’s tour-de-force takes the power of female alliances to a higher level, giving us a road map for a new vision of women’s equality through the relationships and bonds we form among one another. The gift of this book is that it gives us hope.”—Valerie Jarrett, New York Times bestselling author of Finding My Voice, and former senior advisor to President Barack Obama

The Bonobo Sisterhood is a revolutionary call to action for women and their allies to protect one another from patriarchal violence. Internationally recognized legal expert Diane L. Rosenfeld introduces us to a groundbreaking new model of female solidarity; one that promises to thwart sexual coercion.

Urgent, timely, and original, The Bonobo Sisterhood harnesses the power of the #MeToo movement into a road map for sex equality in humans. Our closest evolutionary cousins, the bonobos have a unique social order in which the females protect one another from male aggression. The takeaway? Evolutionarily, bonobos have eliminated sexual coercion and enjoy a more peaceful, cooperative, and playful existence. We have much to learn from them.

Rosenfeld explores the implications of the bonobo model for human societies and systems of governance. How did law develop to elude women’s rights so consistently? What difference does it make that we live in a patriarchal democracy? And what do bonobos have to offer as living proof that patriarchy is not inevitable? Most important, how can women break down barriers among themselves to unleash their power as a unified force? Rosenfeld has answers.

The Bonobo Sisterhood takes us through real-life stories from the courtroom to the classroom and beyond, charting a new vision of a collective self-defense among women and their allies. It offers an action plan accessible to everyone immediately. This is an open invitation to anyone who wants to challenge the status quo. It starts with the power inherent in each of us knowing that we have selves worth defending, and awakening that power for ourselves and for our sisters. We now have a new model for real change, Rosenfeld reminds us. It’s time to use it.

The Bonobo Sisterhood forges a path to create and discover a new meaning of equality, liberty, and justice for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063085077
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 09/20/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 620,138
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Diane L. Rosenfeld, JD, LLM, is a lecturer on law and the founding director of the Gender Vio­lence Program at Harvard Law School, where she has taught since 2004. Rosenfeld has appeared in major media outlets, including ABC’s Nightline; Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall; Katie (with Katie Couric); CNN Headline News; Fox and Friends; the New York Times; the Washington Post; the Boston Globe; the Chi­cago Tribune; and NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She is featured in the award winning documentaries The Hunting Ground; It Happened Here; and Rape Is . . . .

Rosenfeld served as the first senior counsel to the Office on Violence Against Women at the US Department of Justice and as an executive assistant attorney general in Illinois. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her teaching, mentoring, and change-making legal policy work.

She lives outside Boston with her husband and their dog.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xv

Part 1 The Problem

Chapter 1 Answer the Call 1

Chapter 2 Men's Castles, Women's Shelters 27

Chapter 3 The Phallacy of the Male Protection Racket 58

Chapter 4 Patriarchal Violence 84

Chapter 5 Compliance Sex 109

Part 2 The Pivot

Chapter 6 A Self Worth Defending 145

Part 3 The Promise

Chapter 7 Building the Bonobo Sisterhood 175

Chapter 8 Law in Bonoboland 212

Chapter 9 Be Bonobo! 228

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 249

Index 265

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