AGAINST LOVE A POLEMIC

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Against Love

Author : Laura Kipnis
ISBN : 9780307510747
Genre : Social Science
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Who would dream of being against love? No one. Love is, as everyone knows, a mysterious and all-controlling force, with vast power over our thoughts and life decisions. But is there something a bit worrisome about all this uniformity of opinion? Is this the one subject about which no disagreement will be entertained, about which one truth alone is permissible? Consider that the most powerful organized religions produce the occasional heretic; every ideology has its apostates; even sacred cows find their butchers. Except for love. Hence the necessity for a polemic against it. A polemic is designed to be the prose equivalent of a small explosive device placed under your E-Z-Boy lounger. It won’t injure you (well not severely); it’s just supposed to shake things up and rattle a few convictions. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Social Science

How To Become A Scandal

Author : Laura Kipnis
ISBN : 1429930659
Genre : Social Science
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We all relish a good scandal—the larger the figure (governor, judge) and more shocking the particulars (diapers, cigars)—the better. But why do people feel compelled to act out their tangled psychodramas on the national stage, and why do we so enjoy watching them, hurling our condemnations while savoring every lurid detail? With "pointed daggers of prose" (The New Yorker), Laura Kipnis examines contemporary downfall sagas to lay bare the American psyche: what we desire, what we punish, and what we disavow. She delivers virtuoso analyses of four paradigmatic cases: a lovelorn astronaut, an unhinged judge, a venomous whistleblower, and an over-imaginative memoirist. The motifs are classic—revenge, betrayal, ambition, madness—though the pitfalls are ones we all negotiate daily. After all, every one of us is a potential scandal in the making: failed self-knowledge and colossal self-deception—the necessary ingredients—are our collective plight. In How to Become a Scandal, bad behavior is the entry point for a brilliant cultural romp as well as an anti-civics lesson. "Shove your rules," says scandal, and no doubt every upright citizen, deep within, cheers the transgression—as long as it's someone else's head on the block.
Category: Social Science

Men

Author : Laura Kipnis
ISBN : 9781627791878
Genre : Social Science
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The author of How to Become a Scandal presents a heavily researched collection of essays on the archetypes of wayward masculinity to offer intellectual insight into notorious public examples.
Category: Social Science

Unwanted Advances

Author : Laura Kipnis
ISBN : 9780062657886
Genre : Social Science
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From a highly regarded feminist cultural critic and professor comes a polemic arguing that the stifling sense of sexual danger sweeping American campuses doesn’t empower women, it impedes the fight for gender equality. Feminism is broken, argues Laura Kipnis, if anyone thinks the sexual hysteria overtaking American campuses is a sign of gender progress. A committed feminist, Kipnis was surprised to find herself the object of a protest march by student activists at her university for writing an essay about sexual paranoia on campus. Next she was brought up on Title IX complaints for creating a "hostile environment." Defying confidentiality strictures, she wrote a whistleblowing essay about the ensuing seventy-two-day investigation, which propelled her to the center of national debates over free speech, "safe spaces," and the vast federal overreach of Title IX. In the process she uncovered an astonishing netherworld of accused professors and students, campus witch hunts, rigged investigations, and Title IX officers run amuck. Drawing on interviews and internal documents, Unwanted Advances demonstrates the chilling effect of this new sexual McCarthyism on intellectual freedom. Without minimizing the seriousness of campus assault, Kipnis argues for more honesty about the sexual realities and ambivalences hidden behind the notion of "rape culture." Instead, regulation is replacing education, and women’s hard-won right to be treated as consenting adults is being repealed by well-meaning bureaucrats. Unwanted Advances is a risk-taking, often darkly funny interrogation of feminist paternalism, the covert sexual conservatism of hook-up culture, and the institutionalized backlash of holding men alone responsible for mutually drunken sex. It’s not just compulsively readable, it will change the national conversation.
Category: Social Science

The Female Thing

Author : Laura Kipnis
ISBN : 9780307495440
Genre : Social Science
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From the author of the acclaimed Against Love comes a pointed, audacious, and witty examination of the state of the female psyche in the post-post-feminist world of the twenty-first century.Women remain caught between feminism and femininity, between self-affirmation and an endless quest for self-improvement, between playing an injured party and claiming independence. Rather than blaming the usual suspects–men, the media–Kipnis takes a hard look at culprits closer to home, namely women themselves. Kipnis serves up the gory details of the mutual displeasure between men and women in painfully hilarious detail. Is anatomy destiny after all? An ambitious and original reassessment of feminism and women’s ambivalence about it, The Female Thing breathes provocative new life into that age-old question. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Social Science

Ecstasy Unlimited

Author : Laura Kipnis
ISBN : 1452901546
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About Love

Author : Robert C. Solomon
ISBN : 9780872208575
Genre : Philosophy
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For those in love, for those out of love, and for those looking for love, this refreshing study offers an insight on the phenomenon of romantic love. It explores the crucial ingredients of time and sex in contemporary relationships.
Category: Philosophy

Against The Gods

Author : John D. Currid
ISBN : 9781433531835
Genre : Religion
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Did the writers of Scripture borrow ideas from their cultural neighbors? What is the relationship between the Old Testament and ancient Near Eastern mythology? Currid examines the evidence, arguing that the Old Testament is highly polemical as he stresses differentiation over continuity.
Category: Religion

Early Muslim Polemic Against Christianity

Author : Muḥammad ibn Hārūn Warrāq
ISBN : 0521811325
Genre : Religion
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David Thomas edits and translates Abu Isa al-Warraqs Against the Incarnation, the second and last part of his Refutation of the Three Christian Denominations. The book contains an edition of the Arabic text alongside the English translation, together with explanatory notes. Dr Thomas comprehensive introduction outlines the pluralist and multifaith society of medieval Baghdad, thus placing Abu Isa in the context of both Muslim theological argument and Christian-Muslim discussions. Thus he demonstrates the authors originality and his influence on later Muslim authors. The book represents a formidable scholarly achievement.
Category: Religion

The Birth Of Pleasure

Author : Carol Gilligan
ISBN : 9781400040186
Genre : Psychology
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Carol Gilligan, whose classic In a Different Voice revolutionized the study of human psychology, now offers a brilliant, provocative book about love. Why is love so often associated with tragedy, she asks. Why are our experiences of pleasure so often shadowed by loss? And can we change these patterns? Gilligan observes children at play and adult couples in therapy and discovers that the roots of a more hopeful view of love are all around us. She finds evidence in new psychological research and traces a path leading from the myth of Psyche and Cupid through Shakespeare’s plays and Freud’s case histories, to Anne Frank’s diaries and contemporary novels. Groundbreaking and immensely readable, The Birth of Pleasure has powerful implications for the way we live and love. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Psychology