Masculinity and the Ruling of the World – Denise Thompson

Author Talk

Friday 7 August from 10 am on zoom

Join us via Zoom for a conversation with Denise Thompson, the author of Masculinity and the Ruling of the World.

This event is presented by the Feminist Legal Clinic and The Women’s Library, and hosted by Anna Kerr.

This is a free event. Register on the Humantix event page so that we can send you details of how to connect to the online session. To register, all you have to do is click the [Register] button on the event page and fill in your details.

Keep an eye on the Events page on our website for updates. Masculinity and the Ruling of the World argues that there is a world-wide culture of masculinity that breeds arrogant dissociated men who are the prime culprits in the depredations that have brought humanity to its present grievous condition. The argument is that male domination not only oppresses women, it distorts the whole of the social world. At the same time, the book argues that male supremacy is not the whole of the social world.

There is also something that might be called ‘genuine humanity’, which provides a life-affirming force that resists the impositions and seductions of male supremacy. Five institutions are used to illustrate some of the ways in which male domination permeates the social world, institutions rarely, if ever, considered in terms of masculinity—capitalism, fascism, surrogacy, and US ‘welfare reform’. All these institutions are interpreted in terms of their dissociation and arrogant male entitlement, even though at first sight they may appear to have little or nothing in common. This interpretation brings a new perspective to bear on the phenomenon of male supremacy and seeks to challenge the ideological subterfuges that maintain it. While it owes a debt to the many feminist writers that came before, by focusing on the system that does the oppressing the book undertakes to advance the feminist project that saw a resurgence in the 1960s and 1970s.