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Ann Oakley is a distinguished British sociologist, feminist and writer. She is Professor and Founder-Director of the Social Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London and in 2005 partially retired from ...

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If love means that one person absorbs the other, then no real relationship exists any more. Love evaporates; there is nothing left to love. The integrity of self is gone.

The primary function of myth is to validate an existing social order. Myth enshrines conservative social values, raising tradition on a pedestal. It expresses and confirms, rather than explains or questions, the sources of cultural attitudes and values. Because myth anchors the present in the past it is a sociological charter for a future society which is an exact replica of the present one.
There are always women who will take men on their own terms. If I were a man I wouldn't bother to change while there are women like that around.
Men are the enemies of women. Promising sublime intimacy, unequalled passion, amazing security and grace, they nevertheless exploit and injure in a myriad subtle ways. Without men the world would be a better place: softer, kinder, more loving; calmer, quieter, more humane.
Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive.
Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization.
Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.