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Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Catharine A. MacKinnon, noted feminist and legal scholar, explores and develops her original theories and practical proposals on sexual politics and law. These discourses, originally delivered as speeches, have been brilliantly woven into a book that retains all the spontaneity and accessibility of a live presentation. MacKinnon offers a unique retrospective on the law of ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Harvard University Press (first published 1987)
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Caroline
2007- It took me a few years to make sense of it all (because I had to experience some of it first-hand), but I agree with most of it. Especially the stuff on pornography.

2012- I re-read this as a counter-point, just after reading "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star," Jenna Jamison's biography, in order to cleanse my brain and re-examine the big picture again.


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Sep 10, 2013 Lindsay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in feminism and the history of feminism
I've started to review this book a couple times, and just could not get a grip on it. It's a hard book to review, because it's so piecemeal. Instead of a single argument or thesis given a book-length treatment, Feminism Unmodified is a series of transcribed speeches grouped by theme. Each one can stand alone, but they overlap a lot with one another in terms of subject matter and the argument they are making. You can read through them all, cover to cover, or you can flip through the book and read ...more
Umi
Buku ini kumpulan Pidato/ceramah Prof.Catharine Mackinnon...keren abiss, her consistency against patriarchy and her deepest and substance matters, her words are exceptionally poetic yet strong and provocative and true....

quotation : (Prof. Catharine Mackinnon, women self possession and sports- in Feminism Unmodified Discourse on Life and Law)
by Umi Lasmina on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 5:12pm

Sexism is a problem not differentiation. Gender hierarchy is in gender differentiation only one strategy
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Linda
gdi, this book has made me acknowledge that law isn't complete garbage as a lot of the things that MacKinnon criticizes have changed and for the better i.e. there's a pretty good framework in place in labour law for challenging standards based on men/able-bodiness/etc wrt Canadian law. Law is still a pretty much garbage instrument for handling systemic inequality though.
Virginia
Rigorous book , very well instructive and articulated. I think it can be touted as a feminist classic !
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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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“Marxism teaches that exploitation and degradation somehow produce resistance and revolution. It's been hard to say why. What I've learned from women's experience with sexuality is that exploitation and degradation produce grateful complicity in exchange for survival. They produce self-loathing to the point of extinction of self, and it is respect for self that makes resistance conceivable.” 17 likes
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