G. Johnson, author of "Privilege, Power and Difference"
and "The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchical Legacy,"
will be a guest speaker at Elon University at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in
will tie to his book "The Gender Knot," which he explains
on his personal web site:
all living deep inside an oppressive legacy of social life organized
around privilege, power, and difference. On some level, for example,
most people know that gender is tied to a great deal of suffering
and injustice, from discrimination and exclusion to violence and
harassment to conflict between work and family roles. Millions of
women are weary from the struggle simply to hang onto what's been
gained; and many well-intentioned men do nothing because they can't
see how to acknowledge what's going on without inviting guilt and
blame simply for being male. The result is a knotted tangle of fear,
anger, blame, defensiveness, guilt, pain, denial, ambivalence, and
confusion. The more we pull at it, the tighter it gets.
the knot of privilege begins with getting clear about what privilege
really is, about what it's got to do with each of us, and about
how everyone can see themselves as part of the process of change
toward something better.
on more than 20 years of work, I try to chart a course organized
around three questions:
are we participating in and how are we choosing to participate in
do typical ways of thinking about privilege blind us to what's going
can we do to make a difference?"
a writer, lecturer and teacher with more than 30 years of teaching
experience. His books also include "The Forest and the Trees:
Sociology as Life, Practice and Promise" (1997), and "The
Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology: A User's Guide to Sociological
Language" (second edition 2000). New editions of "The
Gender Knot" and "Privilege, Power and Difference"
will be released in 2005.