The Gender Knot

  • by Allan G. Johnson
  • Narrated by Gary Roelofs
  • 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Gender Knot, Allan Johnson's response to the pain and confusion that men and women experience by living with gender inequality, explains what patriarchy is and isn't, how it works, and what gets in the way of understanding and doing something about it. Johnson's simple yet powerful approach avoids the paralyzing trap of guilt, blame, anger, and defensive denial that often results from conversations about gender.
This edition features:


Updated references, data, resources, and examples, especially in relation to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity (e.g., gay marriage, transgender)
A new chapter, "What Changes and What Does Not: Manhood and Violence", that provides an extended analysis of the causes of men's violence as a patriarchal phenomenon

The book is published by Temple University Press.

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What the Critics Say

"Johnson's book is beautifully written, thoughtful, and provides compelling analyses of patriarchy and the powerful ideology that supports it and inhibits change. It is a guidebook for a life-changing adventure." (Contemporary Sociology)
"An excellent gift for anyone who 'just doesn't get it' about feminism." (Psychology of Women Quarterly)

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Customer Reviews

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The simplest explanation for systems of inequality

The author presents an explanation for how patriarchy arose and what keeps it moving: the psychological need for control induced by a culture of competition. This is the simplest and most foundational argument I have heard as an academic. It is also the most comprehensive argument I have heard in that it posits the same mechanism for both the creation and maintainable of systems of inequality.
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- Talevich "Rosetale"

Very informative. Slightly tedious.

I learned quite a bit about what the patriarchy is and how it operates. I particularly enjoyed how Johnson explained how social systems operate through paths of last resistance as well as his insight on how to change those systems by making a conscious decision to resist the flow. It was perhaps a bit dry and academic, but what would you expect from a book on feminist theory?

The narration was good, too. Roelofs' voice was just right, I think.

Would smash the patriarchy again, would recommend.
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- Alexander

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-15-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks