Rethinking Feminism

The Institute of Art and Ideas


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Why is there an epidemic of violence against women? Are men to blame? Where is the recent resurgence of activism going and where should we steer it? In this course, activist and feminist Dr Finn Mackay uncovers the underlying causes of women’s oppression and confronts the biggest hurdles to equality we face today.

By the end of the course, you will have learned:

the impact of biology for feminism
why violent crimes are gendered
the damage of male and female stereotypes
the media’s role in the commodification of women
where society is compounding inequality
the state of feminism in 2014
what’s next for feminism.

As part of the course there are in-video quiz questions to consolidate your learning, suggested further readings to stimulate a deeper exploration of the topic, discussion boards to have your say and an end-of-course assessment set by Dr Mackay.

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What you'll learn on the course

Violence against women
Women’s oppression
Biology for feminism
Female stereotypes
Commodification of women
Compounding inequality
Feminism and Biology

Course programme

Course Syllabus
  • Part One: Feminism and BiologyIs sexism rooted in evolution? Mackay argues that sexism is socially constructed rather than biologically rooted.
  • Part Two: The Question of ViolenceWhy is violence gendered? Mackay proposes that violence clusters around structural inequalities.
  • Part Three: Where Next?What are the contours of the resurgent feminist movement? Mackay analyses the state of play.

Suggested Further Readings

A selection of further readings has been suggested by Dr Mackay as part of this course. 

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About the Instructor
  • Finn Mackay

    A prominent activist for women’s rights, Finn is the founder of the London Feminist Network. Finn is also responsible for the revival of Reclaim the Night in London.

    ‘A world-changing woman’ Guardian