VIDEO: Carol Gilligan & Naomi Snider | Why Does Patriarchy Persist?
Carol Gilligan & Naomi Snider | Why Does Patriarchy Persist?
Join us as Carol and Naomi discuss their book about politics, sexism, and the 2016 election.
The election of an unabashedly patriarchal man as US President was a shock for many—despite decades of activism on gender inequalities and equal rights, how could it come to this? What is it about patriarchy that seems to make it so resilient and resistant to change? Undoubtedly it endures in part because some people benefit from the unequal advantages it confers. But is that enough to explain its stubborn persistence?
In this highly original and persuasively argued book, Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider put forward a different view: they argue that patriarchy persists because it serves a psychological function. By requiring us to sacrifice love for the sake of hierarchy, patriarchy protects us from the vulnerability of loving and becomes a defense against loss. Uncovering the powerful psychological mechanisms that underpin patriarchy, the authors show how forces beyond our awareness may be driving a politics that otherwise seems inexplicable.
- When a Washington Post reporter was jailed as a spy for 544 days by Iranian authorities, it took a worldwide effort, from Twitter to TV to international diplomacy, to get him out. Nearly three years to the day since his release, Jason Rezaian reflects on the epic story of his confinement and recovery.
In July 2014, Jason Rezaian, the Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post, was stepping out to attend a family birthday party when he was detained in the parking garage of his apartment building by Iranian police. What he initially thought was some kind of mixup turned into false accusations of of spying for America, incarceration for a year and a half in a high-security prison, a sham trial, and becoming a bargaining chip in negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal.
Rezaian’s imprisonment was international news, with everyone from his brother to Anthony Bourdain lobbying on Twitter and television for his release. #FreeJason trended on social media, while pleas on his behalf reached all the way to then–Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama. Prisoner, Rezaian’s memoir published by the Anthony Bourdain Book imprint, is the journalist’s first complete and public reckoning of what he endured during those 544 days, as well as the life beforehand that brought him there, and the future he has faced since regaining his freedom.
With New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick, Rezaian will recount the maddening circumstances that allowed him to linger in captivity, the heroic efforts that helped to free him, and the tolls that his defense of journalism extracted on himself, his career, and his family.
- Marlon James, "Black Leopard, Red Wolf", at a Politics and Prose event at Sixth and I on 2/6/18.
Drawing from African history, mythology, and his own rich imagination, Marlon James’ new book, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, is a novel unlike anything that's come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that's also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, it is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both. Author of The New York Times’ bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings and winner of the Man Booker Prize, James’ first installment in the Dark Star trilogy combines myth, fantasy, and events of the past to create an epic, awe-inspiring thriller.
Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. James divides his time between Minnesota and New York.
Founded by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade in 1984, Politics and Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.'s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics and Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online.
- Join us as Feminista shares her book with her Beacon Press editor, Rakia Clark!
In Reclaiming Our Space, social worker, activist, and cultural commentator Feminista Jones explores how Black women are changing culture, society, and the landscape of feminism by building digital communities and using social media as powerful platforms. As Jones reveals, some of the best-loved devices of our shared social media language are a result of Black women's innovations, from well-known movement-building hashtags (#BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, and #BlackGirlMagic) to the now ubiquitous use of threaded tweets as a marketing and storytelling tool. For some, these online dialogues provide an introduction to the work of Black feminist icons like Angela Davis, Barbara Smith, bell hooks, and the women of the Combahee River Collective. For others, this discourse provides a platform for continuing their feminist activism and scholarship in a new, interactive way.
Complex conversations around race, class, and gender that have been happening behind the closed doors of academia for decades are now becoming part of the wider cultural vernacular—one pithy tweet at a time. With these important online conversations, not only are Black women influencing popular culture and creating socio political movements; they are also galvanizing a new generation to learn and engage in Black feminist thought and theory, and inspiring change in communities around them.
Hard-hitting, intelligent, incisive, yet bursting with humor and pop-culture savvy, Reclaiming Our Space is a survey of Black feminism's past, present, and future, and it explains why intersectional movement building will save us all.
- Jason Reynolds discusses "Sunny" at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Jason Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. The American Booksellers Association's 2017 spokesperson for Indies First, his many books include "When I Was the Greatest," "Boy in the Black Suit," "All American Boys" (co-written with Brendan Kiely), "As Brave as You," "For Every One" and "Long Way Down," which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. He has also written the "Track" series, which includes "Ghost," "Patina," and "Sunny" (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy), his latest book. He lives in Washington, D.C.
- Join Repeater Books for a discussion of Mark Fisher’s work with the novelist Hari Kunzru, Chapo Trap House co-host Amber A’Lee Frost, writer Sukhdev Sandhu, and musician Meredith Graves.
When Mark Fisher committed suicide in 2017 at the age of 48, we lost one of the twenty-first century’s greatest cultural theorists. An icon for today’s insurgent “alt-left,” from 2003 to 2016 Fisher wrote dazzling analyses of our strange and terrifying world—neoliberalism, the loneliness and distracted boredom of digital life, and how these realities are reflected in music, film, TV, and literature. He also developed a vision of a different future—based on community, democratic control of the economy, creative freedom for all, and harnessing technology for the good of humanity.
“K-Punk” collects Fisher’s most incendiary and influential posts from his seminal blog “k-punk”, as well as a selection of his brilliantly insightful film, television and music reviews, together with his extraordinary writings on politics, activism, mental health, and popular modernism for numerous websites and magazines. Also included are two previously unpublished essays, the unfinished introduction to his planned book on “Acid Communism”, and an analysis of the 2016 US Presidential election, written shortly after Trump’s victory.
- John Lanchester, bestselling author of Capital, discusses his novel The Wall.
He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night. But somewhere, in the dark cave of his mind, he thinks: wouldn’t it be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if you had to fight for your life?
John Lanchester’s thrilling, hypnotic new novel is about why the young are right to hate the old. It’s about a broken world you will recognise as your own—and about what might be found when all is lost.
- Within the last 24 hours, it’s statistically likely that you’ve: used your iPhone to Google something, scrolled Facebook, and shopped on Amazon. “This is a nascent stage in the total automation and homogenization of social, political, and intellectual life” argues Franklin Foer—and “At stake is nothing less than who we are, and what we will become.” In World Without Mind, Foer, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and former editor of The New Republic, paints a foreboding portrait of the existential threat posed by big tech. What has been sold to us as convenience, he says, comes at the terrible cost of privacy, autonomy, individuality, and choice. Join us for this urgent conversation on the imperative of resistance and our power to stem the tide.
- Poet Marilyn Chin joins Ron Charles an in-depth discussion of the writer's career and the major events that have shaped her work. Readings from Chin's are interspersed throughout the conversation.
Speaker Biography: Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her books have become Asian-American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally. She is presently celebrating the launch of her new book, "A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems." Chin's other books of poems include "Hard Love Province," "Rhapsody in Plain Yellow," "Dwarf Bamboo" and "The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty." Her book of wild girl fiction is called "Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen." She has won numerous awards, including the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, five Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan, a Lannan Fellowship and others. Chin is professor emerita of San Diego State University, and recently, she was guest poet at universities from Beijing to Berlin. Presently, she serves as a chancellor for the Academy of American Poets.
Speaker Biography: Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World section. For several years, he also edited the Post's "Poet's Choice" column in Book World. His reviews have won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best criticism and 1st place for Arts & Entertainment Commentary from the Society for Features Journalism.