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In this provocative new book, France''s leading feminist theorist
launches a broadside against the way in which feminism has evolved
since the 1990s. After the victories of the previous decades,
during which women had made some real advances in social and
political life, a new sensibility began to emerge in the 1990s
which led to a reversal in the hierarchy of values. The cult of
victimhood has become widespread and has affected feminism. Women
are viewed as defenceless and oppressed, social violence and sexual
violence are treated as the same and a finger is pointed at the
guilty one: man in all his guises. But by conflating real and false
victims, feminism runs the risk of misunderstanding the battles
that need to be waged and of losing all credibility with the
younger generation, which doesn''t see things see things this way.
Preoccupied by putting men on trial, the feminism of the last few
years has reactivated old stereotypes and left behind the very
battles that have long been its raison d''etre - this, argues
Badinter, is a dead end.
A huge bestseller in France, this book will be essential reading
for anyone interested in the changing relations between the sexes
and our ways of thinking about sex and gender today.