Through these engaged works on issues such as rape, abortion, athletics, sexual harassment, and pornography, MacKinnon seeks feminism on its own terms. Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law is a book by feminist academic Catharine MacKinnon. The book is a collection of essays by MacKinnon. FEMINISM AND LEGAL THEORY. FEMINISM UNMODIFIED. By Catharine A. MacKinnon.I Cambridge,. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. Pp.

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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 sexual harassment, which she designed and has worked for a decade to establish, and a prospectus on the law of pornography, which she proposes to change in the next ten years.

Authentic in voice, sweeping in scope, startling in clarity, urgent, never mackknnon and often visionary, these discourses advance a new theory of sex inequality and imagine new possibilities for social change.

Feminism Unmodified — Catharine A. MacKinnon | Harvard University Press

Through these engaged works on issues such as rape, abortion, athletics, sexual harassment, and pornography, MacKinnon seeks feminism on its own terms, unconstrained by the limits of prior traditions.


She argues that viewing gender as a matter of sameness and difference-as virtually all existing theory and law have done-covers up the reality of gender, which is a system of social hierarchy, an imposed inequality of power.

She reveals a political system of male dominance and female subordination that sexualizes power for men and powerlessness for women. She analyzes the failure of organized feminism, particularly legal feminism, to alter this condition, exposing the way male supremacy gives women a survival stake in the system that destroys them.

Feminism Unmodified

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Table of contents Introduction: The Art of the Impossible Part I: Not by Law Alone: From a Debate with Phyllis Schlafly 2. On Sex Discrimination 3.

Desire and Power 4. A Case Note on Martinez v. Santa Clara Pueblo 5. A Rally against Rape 7. Its First Decade in Court Linda’s Life and Andrea’s Work Not a Moral Issue Pornography, Civil Rights, and Speech Review quote [MacKinnon’s] book offers an mwckinnon but relentlessly consistent perspective on issues fundamental to feminism.

It is passionate, brilliant, polemical and sectarian. MacKinnon defends what is frequently called mackinno feminism. Unmodifiied position is grounded on a clear assertion of the primacy of the social over the biological Fundamental to her radical feminism is the claim that gender is a system of dominance rather than of difference MacKinnon offers a systematic and persuasive perspective on issues that are central not only to feminism but to social theory in general.


Jaggar New York Times Book Review MacKinnon has been perhaps the most important force madkinnon the burgeoning theoretical literature in law on sex discrimination and feminist theory Each of the essays published in [the book] stands on its own, making the book a collection of separate entries rather than one sustained argument.

Because each essay was originally a speech, the discussions are lucid and dramatic, with the dynamism, immediacy, and sense of discovery of a live presentation; they are also filled with irony, wit, and humor It should have a significant impact on thinking about sex discrimination and on social and legal thought more generally.

Using the tools of sociology of knowledge, Catharine MacKinnon relentlessly uncovers male bias, also known as objectivity and male perspectives also known as universality On every page are epigrams one wants to print and hang on one’s walls.

Bart American Journal of Sociology This is heavy stuff. It may, however, make us think, and challenge, and possibly act. MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.