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Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider: Why Does Patriarchy Persist? https://www.strandbooks.com/event/carol%2Dgilligan%2Dnaomi%2Dsnider Thursday January 31: 7:00PM – 8:00PM Strand Bookstore: Rare Book Room 828 Broadway at 12th Street Please Note: This event is free to attend. Please RSVP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jModgi74WfsOyVRUUZaSoJdp_V_S8GN8jOu8csHZxn4/viewform?edit_requested=true If you'd like you can reserve a copy of Why Does Patriarchy Persist? to pick up at the event, you may do so by clicking the link above. The election of an unabashedly patriarchal man as US President was a shock for many—despite decades of activism on gender inequalities and equal rights, how could it come to this? What is it about patriarchy that seems to make it so resilient and resistant to change? Undoubtedly it endures in part because some people benefit from the unequal advantages it confers. But is that enough to explain its stubborn persistence? In this highly original and persuasively argued book, Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider put forward a different view: they argue that patriarchy persists because it serves a psychological function. By requiring us to sacrifice love for the sake of hierarchy, patriarchy protects us from the vulnerability of loving and becomes a defense against loss. Uncovering the powerful psychological mechanisms that underpin patriarchy, the authors show how forces beyond our awareness may be driving a politics that otherwise seems inexplicable. Join us in the Rare Book Room as Carol and Naomi discuss their book.
August 2020 is the Centennial Anniversary of the ratification by the States, of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, finally conferring upon women the right to vote. There damn well better be a host of significant events to commemorate this hard won achievement. What did it take to get there? How far have we come? How far do we have yet to travel to achieve gender equality? In this generation the fight for women's reproductive rights is akin to the Suffrage movement. Something that is so obvious it should be assumed, but is nonetheless opposed by an entrenched investment in a Patriarchal trope: Women, like children, are not sufficiently capable of monitoring and making decisions about their own medical care, even in consultation with their private physician. "We"= Men= the State, must intervene to assert our judgement over their own. And so we soldier on.