Fall 2008 Gender Conversation

Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?

A Conversation with Professor Jim Sterba and Warren Farrell

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Alumnae Hall in the Haehn Campus Center, College of Saint Benedict

The CSB/SJU Women’s Lives/Men’s Lives Series invite you to attend the fall 2008 Gender Conversation event, Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?

Professor Jim Sterba (Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame) and Warren Farrell (researcher and international speaker on contemporary men’s issues) have co-authored Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men? (Oxford University Press, 2008).  According to the publisher, this collection asks: 

Does feminism give a much-needed voice to women in a patriarchal world? Or is the world not really patriarchal? Has feminism begun to level the playing field in a world in which women are more often paid less at work and abused at home? Or are women paid equally for the same work and not abused more at home? Does feminism support equality in education and in the military, or does it discriminate against men by ignoring such issues as male-only draft registration and boys lagging behind in school? The only book of its kind, this volume offers a sharp, lively, and provocative debate on the impact of feminism on men. Warren Farrell--an international best-selling author and leader in both the early women's and current men's movements--praises feminism for opening options for women but criticizes it for demonizing men, distorting data, and undervaluing the family. In response, James P. Sterba--an acclaimed philosopher and ardent advocate of feminism--maintains that the feminist movement gives a long-neglected voice to women in a male-dominated world and that men are not an oppressed gender in today's America. Their wide-ranging debate covers personal issues, from love, sex, dating, and rape to domestic violence, divorce, and child custody. Farrell and Sterba also look through their contrasting lenses at systemic issues, from the school system to the criminal justice system; from the media to the military; and from health care to the workplace.”

Sterba and Farrell’s October 22nd conversation will focus on issues of discrimination in the workplace and the schools.  They will also on how to engage in controversial conversations.  Specifically, they will address how this project changed their own thinking about feminism and gender issues and what they learned from the dialog with each other.  As Farrell states in his introduction, “The real job of this ‘debate’ book, then, is not to teach debate, but to teach listening.  Debate training is divorce training.  Training to listen is training to love, especially if that listening is with empathy” (5).  The authors will also offer suggestions for raising gender awareness and working for gender equality.

For more information, please contact Ozzie Mayers, CSB/SJU Professor of Gender Education and Development, at [email protected]