A provocative analysis of gender inequality's destructive effects on our society and our planet. In this wide-ranging and powerful new book, the influential author and social scientist Ann Oakley mounts a devastating argument about the state of our humanity. Drawing on examples such as the simple experience of riding a bicycle through London, the way we've become 'sick to death of women', and the environmental abuse of our planet, she shows how every aspect of our lives is dominated by male/female power structures, and forces us to take a step back and see how and why gender inequality has thrown our society out of balance. In Gender on Planet Earth, Oakley argues that the persistence of traditional gender values prevents us from leading more ethical and humane lives. Governed by delusional systems such as psychoanalysis and sociobiology, we assume that the imbalance of the sexes is the inevitable consequence of our genes, psyches and unchangeable ecomic motives. Drawing from a broad array of literature, Oakley combines personal narrative with social commentary and eye-opening statistics to provide a provocative account of the state we're really in.
Ann Oakley is a Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of London and Director of the Social Science Research Unit at the University of London's Institute of Education. She has been writing and researching in the area for over 30 years. Her previous books include Experiments in Knowing, Man and Wife, The Men's Room, The Captured Womb, Subject Women, Becoming a Mother, Housewife, The Sociology of Housework, and Sex, Gender and Society.