Breaking Free

Breaking Free The Lie of Equality and the Feminist Fight for Freedom

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For more than a century, women have fought for equality. Yet, time and again, their battles have fallen short. Even so-called constitutionally-protected equal rights can be withdrawn by judges and undermined by legislators. But the greater problem is in the notion of equality itself.

In Breaking Free, culture writer Marcie Bianco persuasively argues that the very concept of equality is a fallacy, an illusory goal that cannot address historic forms of discrimination and oppression. Starting with the campaign for women's suffrage and traveling through modern history, she shows us how equality has been designed to keep women and disenfranchised communities chasing an unobtainable goal. Conditioned for generations to want equality, it has become an insidious mindset locking us into the gender binary and reductive identity politics. Bianco calls upon a long-overlooked lineage to argue that only freedom can liberate feminism from these constraints, and proposes three freedom practices for women to reclaim their bodily autonomy and power.

What happens if we free ourselves of equality? Controversial and thrilling, Breaking Free guides readers toward new hope for the future of the feminist movement.

Book information

ISBN: 9781541702424
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: PublicAffairs
Pub date:
Edition: First edition
DEWEY: 305.42
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20230119
Language: English
Number of pages: 323
Weight: 548g
Height: 162mm
Width: 244mm
Spine width: 31mm