The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

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Eleven essays on the silencing/marginalization that has quieted so many women. Men’s rapidly increasing involvement in feminist movements,  the rape joke, campus activism against sexual violence, literary and film representations of women, gun violence, and more. Paperback.


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The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

"Silence is a form of repression. We can even talk about physical violence and oppression in terms of silence — violence is a tool for silencing people’s will and voices. Then I realized gender roles are themselves a form of silencing. I’ve been in San Francisco since I was 18, and of course not all gay men are liberated and not all straight men are repressed, but being around a lot of warm, sunny, insightful, deeply communicative gay men was a reminder that this is not in the DNA — it’s socially constructed. And maybe it can be socially deconstructed, as gender itself has been to some extent. So I really wanted to think broadly about silence and the way being silenced is disempowering."

A follow-up to her national bestseller Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit's latest and indispensable commentary on women who refuse to be silenced, misogynistic violence, the fragile masculinity of the literary canon, the gender binary, the recent history of rape jokes, and much more in characteristic style, humor, keen analysis, and powerful insight.

Paperback. ISBN 978-1-60846-740-2.

Rebecca Solnit is an independent writer since l988. As a writer, historian, and activist, she is the author of 20 books on feminism, the environment, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster. Her work includes atlases of New Orleans and San Francisco, Hope in the Dark, and Men Explain Things to Me. She has received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award.

Rebecca Solnit is the product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school. She is a columnist at Harper’s

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