Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¼ x 9¼
978-0-8476-8987-3 • Hardback • October 1998 • $38.00 • (£29.00)
Daphne Patai is in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her writings have been published in many journals and magazines, and she is the author, with Noretta Koertge, of Professing Feminism.
Chapter 1 Preface
Part 2 The Making of a Social Problem
Chapter 3 Saving Womanhood
Chapter 4 Sexual Harassment Industry
Part 5 Typifying Tales
Chapter 6 The Accusers
Chapter 7 The Fruits of Injustice
Chapter 8 Galloping Contradictions
Part 9 The Feminist Turn Against Men
Chapter 10 Heterophobia
Chapter 11 The Authority of Expeirence
Chapter 12 "There Ought to Be a Law"
Chapter 13 Conclusion: Redefining the World
Patai shows in detail how women's reasonable desire for a 'hands-off' workplace has now been transformed into a witch-hunt, where men are the devils, and guilty until proven innocent. The book demonstrates how in universities today the postmodern approach to reality has affected (or infected) our bodies as well as our minds.
— Mary Lefkowitz, Wellesley College
A devastating expose of the way academic feminists are driving their wedge between men and women. Professor Daphne Patai shows us the workings of the vast Sexual Harassment Industry (SHI) that now flourishes on the college campus. With humor, style, and persuasive analytic power, she demolishes its male-bashing arguments. And she does it all from a classical feminist point of view.
— Christina Hoff Sommers, author of Who Stole Feminism?
Heterophobia is a powerful brief for personal freedom and against efforts to politicize human relations and to strip them of their complexity. Patai leaves no doubt that sexual harassment laws and policies as they exist today do far more harm than good. Perhaps, as President Clinton's tribulations continue to fuel a backlash against 'sexual McCarthyism,' this timely book can provide an additional push for a rethinking of the ideological and legal orthodoxies that have gotten us where we are now.
— Cathy Young; Reason
Patai brings common sense and muscular reason to the task. Though focused on academia, her outspoken study should be required reading for the workplace.
— Publishers Weekly
Patai's constitutes the first main-stream feminist voice to speak out in protest against the disastrous impact that the Sexual Harassment Industry (SHI) has on both men and women. Heterophobia ends the silence. A well-reasoned and well-structured book that is a pleasure to read.
— Wendy Mcelroy; The Women’S Freedom Network Newsletter
Patai has set out to disrupt the 'intellectual comfort' of those who support the sexual harassment industry. In doing this she has issued a a timely warning to men and women everywhere about the consequences of the new 'heterophobia.'
— David Nolan; Lm120 5/99
In Heterophobia Patai tackles the subject with conviction that our 'assumptions about the relations between men and women . . . are long overdue for questioning.'
— Morgan James; Grand Rapids Press, 5/99
A provocative critique of a volatile feminist issue.
— Patricia A. Beaber, College of New Jersey; Library Journal
If Heterophobia is right, all of us need some quick reeducation on sexual harassment law, before we start throwing each other in jail for asking the right time of the wrong person.
— Carlin Romano; The Philadelphia Inquirer
This volume discusses the current focus of many feminists on sexual harassment, arguing that the surge of sexual harrasment cases has served to inhibit natural interactions between the sexes, & has replaced mutually enjoyable sexual banter with an artificial, often threatening, environment.
— Sociological Abstracts