Why We All Need Liberating from the Gender Wars
The joy of reading Joanna Williams's writing is that you quickly realize that she represents a rare combination. She knows her feminist theory inside out, and yet she also sees immediately where contemporary feminism becomes misguided and pernicious. -- The Conservative Woman "refreshing and engaging" - Times Literary Supplement "A thoughtful critique of modern feminism." - The Quarterly Review "For those of us who've been involved in fighting for women's liberation for years, it has been tragic to watch contemporary feminism become the enemy of freedom. Do not despair. Joanna Williams's wonderful book not only uses erudition, philosophy and polemics to explain how on earth this betrayal has happened but more importantly it is a bravura clarion call urging women to throw off the shackles of hapless victimhood and instead take control of their destiny. I loved every word." - Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas "Women vs Feminism is a superb expos of today's victim feminism. It tells the story of how a once valiant movement for equality and freedom devolved into a male-bashing grievance-fest. This meticulously researched book will drive the gender activists crazy--and delight those who care about truth, rules of evidence, and genuine liberation." - Christina Hoff Sommers, Author of Who Stole Feminism? The author critiques feminism, views it as demonizing men and degrading women by treating them as victims, and raises questions about the direction and purpose of feminism today. She argues that girls are doing better at school than boys, they are entering higher education in greater numbers than men, they are getting degrees in more subjects, and they have better employment prospects, while the gender pay gap has narrowed. She explores the impact of feminism on education; the experiences of women at work and problems with viewing the workplace through gender; the gender pay gap, its politicization, and problems with it; and why women are more likely to choose part-time work. She discusses the difference between womens progress at school and work and the perception of their lives, particularly how the view of women as victims creates a focus on women as oppressed, arguing that this claim has little meaning today. She considers mens and womens private relationships and how feminism moved from celebrating sexual liberation to seeking to regulate sex and relationships by focusing on sexual harassment, pornography, and rape culture, removing womens sexual agency; the consequences of problematizing and policing heterosexuality and masculinity; and the changing nature of campaigns for womens rights from the 19th century through second-wave feminism in the 1970s, subsequent ideas about intersectionality and identity politics, and the consequences of the move toward identity politics for feminism and what it means to be a woman. -- Annotation 2017 * (protoview.com) *
Joanna Williams is Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent and is the author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity and Consuming Higher Education: Why Learning Cant Be Bought. She is education editor of the online magazine Spiked, a frequent contributor to The Spectator, and has written for numerous other publications from the Times Higher Education to the Erotic Review.
Part One: Womens Lives Today Chapter 1, Schooling for Success Chapter 2, Women at Work Chapter 3, The Gender Pay Gap Chapter 4, The Motherhood Penalty Part Two: Private Relationships, Public Concerns Chapter 5, Victors or Victims? Chapter 6, Sex and Relationships Chapter 7, The Trouble With Boys Part Three: Feminism Then and Now Chapter 8, Not Your Grandmothers Feminism Chapter 9, The Personal is Political Chapter 10, Being a Woman Conclusions, Do We Still Need Feminism?