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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
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Published 1987 by Harvard University Press
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(3.0) concuerdo con la mayor parte, aunque a veces el enfoque del que parte me resulta errado y la exclusión de lesbianas y mujeres trans del análisis salvo por menciones esporádicas me pareció bastante significativa. también se tornó algo repetitivo pero de todos modos es una lectura importante y tiene base en la realidad material de un grupo, o cual no suele ocurrir en los libros de feminismo “mainstream” (?).
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  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
On page 47 MacKinnon, without a hint of irony, says, "We purport to want to change things, but we talkj in ways that no one understands." And yet this book was not easy to work through and not very accessible. I also found it redundant, as she repeats the same arguments several times in several different speeches.
I'd recommend reading it piecemail, starting with Women, Self-Possession and Sport, "More than simply a magazine": Playboy's Money and Sex & Violence: A Perspective.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Radical. Mind-blowing. Certainly the most exciting law-book I have yet read. Relies more on the shock factor than watertight argument but fuck knows I was happy to find a readable (let alone inflammatory, engaging) legal text.
Some parts I could not read however and would not advise other faint-of-hearts to attempt, for they were too detailed personal accounts of horrors done unto women.
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.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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