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This examination of the nature and effects of power draws on the wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, history, political science, law, and theology--to investigate the sources of patriarchy


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This examination of the nature and effects of power draws on the wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, history, political science, law, and theology--to investigate the sources of patriarchy

30 review for Beyond Power: On Women, Men and Morals

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Mishap

    Read this read this read this! This immense book, published in 1986 no less, reads alternately like a primitivist book, a feminist herstory of the world and power-over, an anthropological and social study, a call to each other’s arms, a feminist vision for the future, an insightful bullshit detector for our modern civilization, and so much more. While some of it is slightly dated, this book lays patriarchal, Western civilization bare and points to a way out. I wanted to reproduce large sections Read this read this read this! This immense book, published in 1986 no less, reads alternately like a primitivist book, a feminist herstory of the world and power-over, an anthropological and social study, a call to each other’s arms, a feminist vision for the future, an insightful bullshit detector for our modern civilization, and so much more. While some of it is slightly dated, this book lays patriarchal, Western civilization bare and points to a way out. I wanted to reproduce large sections for this zine, but really don’t have the space. Of course I never agree with everything in a book, but this is feminist thought as anarchy, and she says so, too. What struck me the most was her repeated use of the term “felicity”. The joy and happiness and connection in life that we lack, that our societal structures and hierarchical interactions can’t provide. She argues against resistance as sacrifice and instead argues for resistance based on felicity. Meaning, you can’t shame and guilt someone into fighting for freedom, but we can make our fight into a movement that provides the feelings and well-being we need and currently don’t have. Highest recommendations.

  2. 5 out of 5

    stellajames

    This book... did more to expand my thinking, raise my consciousness and anger. With friends/family, I would bring up something I had just read in "Beyond Power" only to have her/him/them fight tooth and nail as to why it wasn't so. I would say, "Why don't you read it, French says it so much better than I," but no one I ever discussed it with had ever read it, ever even read a page, even a paragraph of it, yet they all had an argument. This book has not passed its "best before" date as someone put This book... did more to expand my thinking, raise my consciousness and anger. With friends/family, I would bring up something I had just read in "Beyond Power" only to have her/him/them fight tooth and nail as to why it wasn't so. I would say, "Why don't you read it, French says it so much better than I," but no one I ever discussed it with had ever read it, ever even read a page, even a paragraph of it, yet they all had an argument. This book has not passed its "best before" date as someone put it in their review after abandoning their reading, and it makes me wonder just how far the person got. And no offense, the would-be or starter (of this book) reader is male. Just sayin'... French came to Chicago for a book signing. I was so excited! I talked my mom into going with me, and as I got my book(s) signed and gushed over them, my mother said to her, "Your book caused so many fights in my family." French smiled at her and said, "Good." My mother never did read it. I gave an extra copy I had away to someone who never returned it - maybe this means she read it and didn't want to let it go. "Beyond Power" changed my life. One of only two books that I can say that about - the other is Kingsolver's "Poisonwood Bible." Read this book (read both of these books). Be astonished.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    This book is dense, heavy, and intimidating. However, if you pace yourself and read it slowly and gently, it is an investment that pays off huge dividends. You can expect an intensely consciousness-raising experience. Profound. Incisive. Provocative. The book speaks to the core of non-verbalised aspects of how our lives are constructed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Hwang

    This is an amazing book so far. Pretty deep but she really has a great perspective. I would definitely read this one again since it is so rich with information and analysis.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Best book on feminism I have ever read--changed my life! All MEN should read this book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jaymee Goh

    Every page is jam-packed with information and provocative thought. This is a book to read slowly, correlating its offerings with everyday life during the process. It is life-changing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kit Kimberly

    Patriarchy is a system that values power and control over life and pleasure.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mirela

    A "must read" for anyone interested in our communal journey as women.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    * Understanding Oppression: Women's Rights (Then and Now) Beyond Power: On Women, Men and Morals by Marilyn French | French does believe that men and women live by different moralities and that a woman's morality is better her book which is many things is first and foremost a plea for the world to adopt a feminine morality. #socialsciences #womensrights

  10. 4 out of 5

    Umi

    Buku ini sangat baik yang ingin mengetahui bagaimana Patriarki telah mengubah manusia menjadi 'kurang manusia' dalam artian laki-laki menjadi 'powerful' dan mengutamakan kuasa dan kontrol. Buku dahysat, historical power relation within human struggle.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Viv

    An anthropological study rather than a novel - still to finish it, but a fascinating account of the evolution of women and men throughout history.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carly Svamvour

    I remember reading My Summer With George and I really liked it - I got that title ordered on audio CD from the library. Can't seem to get this one, but I will try to read Beyond Power.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tony Ring

    French's time has come

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rus Funk

  16. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Hale

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sam Diener

  20. 5 out of 5

    JC

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aleesa

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rhynda

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Murphy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

  25. 4 out of 5

    Allan Johnson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lamp Stung

  27. 5 out of 5

    Derek Sutherland

  28. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Coachman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Beecraft

  30. 4 out of 5

    Martha

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