“ Looking at the female and male halves of the world equally transforms everything—and Toward a Feminist Theory of the State makes that clear with scholarship, courage, and wit. 0000001420 00000 n I believe you could hardly find a feminist critique of the world we live in that is more thorough than MacKinnon's. Unsure between rating it with four or five stars I finally decided on five; not so much of MacKinnon’s flawless arguments (which are dubious at times) but because of a coherent and original book. As a response to other reviewers referring to Marx's work, it is neither "simple minded" nor "myopic" any more than modern economic theory espoused by the Austrian and Chicago schools, even though Marx's historical insights may be naive at times. Brilliant! It's just political polemic. I recommend it only because of the woefully influential effect it is having on the U.S. judicial system - know thine enemy! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Brilliant! keşke yasa ve mahkeme kararlarından örnekler vererek anlatsaymış. It should be taken with the grain of salt, however, that her biases against men in general are profound and even disturbing. 0000026300 00000 n Privacy protects autonomy, but does not ask in whose interest or benefit. EMBED. Turning to MacKinnon. 0000031474 00000 n This woman is absolutely brilliant. Brilliant! MacKinnon's knowledge on the law, feminism, marxism, liberalism and other ideologies is brilliantly combined to critique and make unprecedented remarks. 0000012135 00000 n I guess she means that women are not, or cannot or should not be, objective. In doing so, feminist theory shines a light on social problems, trends, and issues that are otherwise overlooked or misidentified by the historically dominant male perspective within social theory . EMBED (for wordpress.com hosted blogs and archive.org item tags) Want more? (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.) Minneapolis, Minn.: Organizing Against Pornography, 1988. Toward a Feminist Theory of the State presents Catharine MacKinnon's powerful analysis of politics, sexuality, and the law from the perspective of women. there's babies in that bathwater. If you want a serious, philosophically substantial work on modern political theory, read Habermas, Rawls, Nozick, Onora O'Neill, etc --. MacKinnon argues here that the liberal notion of privacy is detrimental to women because it keeps the state from intervening in a privat space that is still very public — or political/social in that patriarchal relations still exist in privacy. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.) There is room to challenge and converse with her ideas but they do demand some kind of response. Instead, I received a collection of loosely organized essays which presupposed that I was already both a Marxist-Feminist, and a regular attendee of American Comparative Literature Association conferences. Probably the most depressing book I've ever read. The first section is a discussion of the similarities and differences between Marxism and feminism, as well as critiques of socialist feminism and liberal feminism. I found the first section of the book to be overly dismissive of marxist-feminism and to ready to be foundationalist. Toward a Feminist Theory of the State. Conclusion: This book is great for anybody interested in feminist rhetoric for aesthetic reasons. It’s surprising how compliant people become at the mention of “Feminist Legal Theory”, I’d buy the book again for $80 if it were released in coffee table format. Insightful for me as a lawyer and as a woman. Feminist theory is a major branch within sociology that shifts its assumptions, analytic lens, and topical focus away from the male viewpoint and experience toward that of women. The firs part about Marxism and feminism was very interesting, it sheds light on the failure of Marx and Engels to consider women's situation apart from the working class, as women are in fact oppressed by patriarchy, in addition to the capitalist system. Her definition of rape covers all acts of sexual intercourse where the woman is not the actual initiator, then she argues, p.149: "...the truly interesting question becomes how and why sexuality in women is ever other than masochistic." Using the debate over Marxism and feminism as a point of departure, MacKinnon develops a theory of gender centered on sexual subordination and applies it to the state. 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) law. I assumed, in short, that feminism had a theory of gender as marxism had a theory of class. I strongöy recommend it, especially her take on rape as sex, and sex as violence. I'll limit my summary to chapter 10: "Abortion: On Public and Private." Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Shriek Of The Week: This is not Normal! I cut my losses and put MacKinnon on my shelf hoping the spine would intimidate visitors to my office like a taxidermy cougar. Mackinnon is a very intense scholar, and her arguments are incisive and well-researched. She uses abortion court cases to show that there is no inconsistency between abortion being legal because of the right to privacy and the state refusing to intervene to remove impedim. Thus feminism needs to continue to disrupt the public/private dichotomy. Although she may claim to be "Marxist" or "Freudian" or whatever convienient label she identifies herself with to prop up her bankrupt theories , she is one of the most conservative and unenlightened thinkers in feminism today.