Unleashing Our Unknown Selves: An Inquiry into the Future of Femininity and Masculinity

Unleashing Our Unknown Selves: An Inquiry into the Future of Femininity and Masculinity

Unleashing Our Unknown Selves: An Inquiry into the Future of Femininity and Masculinity

Unleashing Our Unknown Selves: An Inquiry into the Future of Femininity and Masculinity

Synopsis

This "hopeful" book presents a new theory of psychosexual development, and concurrently, of psychosocial evolution. Morrow claims the sexual division of nature was a primordial organizing principle for all cultures. However, evolving qualities assigned by culture to women and men, have over the millennia incorporated, absorbed, or superceded biological differences. The resultant schism between femininity and masculinity represents the deepest cleavage in the human species and is crippling both men and women. Morrow's hope is that the release in each sex of repressed qualities of the other sex will allow both sexes to be what they have never been--whole. "Unleashing Our Unknown Selves begins with a critique of central paradigms in contemporary social science and ends with a provocative new theory of psychosexual development. Dr. Morrow brilliantly demonstrates why men are just as damaged as women by our present patriarchal sex/gender system." Joseph L. White Univeristy of California, Irnive

Excerpt

Unleashing Our Unknown Selves: An Inquiry into the Future of Femininity and Masculinity is essential to our understanding of gender in human development. In an eloquent and masterful style, France Morrow exposes the obscurity and confusion inside and outside of academia about women's realities and men's priorities. Dr. Morrow leads the reader, regardless of her or his starting point, out of the fog of self-fulfilling prophecies of diminished capacities to plateaus where many, from various disciplines and with genuine concerns, can explore alternative futures.

Beginning with gender divisiveness to demonstrate and achieve gender inclusiveness and plenitude (and the profound healing that implies on a personal, relational, and global level) is a daring aspiration. It requires going beyond the conventional boundaries of patriarchal histories, cultures, and psychotherapies. It requires discipline of a multi- dimensional order and self-trust. Breaking taboos or new ground is born of integrity and vulnerability, of which the last is a most rare commodity in academic glass towers.

France Morrow not only aspired to unveil our acumen, she succeeded. Remaining vulnerable (open), disciplined, and true to her intuition as she searched through time and master thinkers' works, she articulates the sources of tragedy and hope that many of us sense and see in personal and public lives.

As I go from peasants to presidents and continent to continent, recording the oral histories of individuals amid societal challenges, I observe the cultural and historical and psychological web of gender expectations and proscribed psychosexual development. On occasion, in communities . . .

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