Book Launch: Man’s Dominion

13 Nov

Man’s Dominion: the rise of religion and the eclipse of women’s rights

Tuesday 15 November | 5.30 pm
Faculty Function Room, 5th Floor, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne.

Professor Sheila Jeffreys will launch and talk about her new book.
This feminist critique of the politics of religion argues that the renewed rise of religion is harmful to women’s human rights. The book seeks to rekindle the criticism of religion as the founding ideology of patriarchy.
Focusing on the three monotheistic religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam, this book examines common anti-women attitudes such as ‘male-headship’, impurity of women, the need to control women’s bodies, and their modern manifestations in multicultural Western states. It points to the incorporation of religious law into legal systems, faith schools, and campaigns led by Christian and Islamic organisations against women’s rights at the U.N., and explains how religious rights threaten to subvert women’s rights. Including highly-topical chapters on the burka and the covering of women, and polygamy, this text questions the ideology of multiculturalism which shields religion from criticism by demanding respect for culture and faith, whilst ignoring the harm that women suffer from religion.
Sheila Jeffreys is teaches in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of 7 previous book on the politics and history of sexuality, prostitution and beauty practices.

Light refreshments provided.

Information about this seminar series: sheila@unimelb.edu.au

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