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Are Women Human?: And Other International Dialogues

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  95 ratings  ·  11 reviews

More than half a century after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights defined what a human being is and is entitled to, Catharine MacKinnon asks: Are women human yet? If women were regarded as human, would they be sold into sexual slavery worldwide; veiled, silenced, and imprisoned in homes; bred, and worked as menials for little or no pay; stoned for sex outside marri

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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Harvard University Press
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Alisa
My star rating of this book is tainted by the fact that this is the first serious feminist book I can remember reading (I sadly missed taking femstudies in college), and I suddenly have a huge amount of respect for Catherine MacKinnon, and I get to take her CLASS. I could go on and on about Kadic v. Karadzic, where she won $745 million in damages for survivors of the genocidal rapes in Bosnia. I could also go on and on about new thoughts I am having about the pornography industry, but instead I ...more
Linda
Poorly compiled - you see sections of one essay repeated verbatim in another.

I picked this up because I wanted to know more about Kadic v. Karadzic. Those essays were interesting though not as informative as I had hoped.

There's also a depressing focus on Canada as a leader in equality rights...
Teresa
Very good, very erudite book. Worth both time and thought. My one beef with it is that it's dense in the sense that since it's a compiliation of speeches and essays the themes and language turn out to be kind of repetitive if you read them back to back. The best way to read this book is to read it slowly, taking time and pause between the essays so that you can enjoy them fully.
Maureen
It's a collection of speeches and articles on similar topics, so it gets repetitive in parts. Also, even when I agree with what she's saying, MacKinnon's writing can be a tough slog.
Simone
Even if I don't agree with her, it is not what she says, but how she does that's annoying.
Fadwa Rizek
These were a series of essays by a prominent women's rights attorney, Catherine MacKinnon, on a theme: the treatment of women internationally and locally-- from genocidal rapes in Eastern Europe to pornography within the United States. Though lacking cohesion and at times, coherency in the overall presentation, MacKinnon outlines a devastating image of women's rights, quality of life, and equality. Aside from that, the title has a funny connotation that I'm sure the author didn't intend: that wo ...more
Ellen
Total lack of editing.
Becky
Honestly I didnt read this book cover to cover. I started that way but it is a very info dense book and I felt like it was written in lawyer-speak. I did find that it was informative and worth the time I spent on it.
Kristýnka
this is the kind of person i would like something bad to happen to.
Antonella
One of the greatest minds in history. A towering intellect.
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Catharine A. MacKinnon is the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (long-term). She holds a BA from Smith College, a JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in political science from Yale, and specializes in sex equality issues under international and domestic (including comparative and constitutional) l ...more
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