The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy

TitleThe Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsEnloe, Cynthia
Number of Pages193
PublisherUniversity of California Press
CityOakland, CA

For over a century and in scores of countries, patriarchal presumptions and practices have been challenged by women and their male allies. "Sexual harassment" has entered common parlance; police departments are equipped with rape kits; more than half of the national legislators in Bolivia and Rwanda are women; and a woman candidate won the plurality of the popular votes in the 2016 United States presidential election. But have we really reached equality and overthrown a patriarchal point of view? This volume exposes how patriarchal ideas and relationships continue to be modernized to this day. Through contemporary cases and reports, the author exposes the workings of everyday patriarchy--in how Syrian women civil society activists have been excluded from international peace negotiations; how sexual harassment became institutionally accepted within major news organizations; or in how the UN Secretary General's post has remained a masculine domain. She then lays out strategies and skills for challenging patriarchal attitudes and operations. Encouraging self-reflection, she guides us in the discomforting curiosity of reviewing our own personal complicity in sustaining patriarchy in order to withdraw our own support for it. This volume is ultimately a call for feminist self-reflection and strategic action with a belief that exposure complements resistance.

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