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Carol Gilligan, Ph.D.

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Carol Gilligan is best known as the author of In a Different Voice, described by Harvard University Press as “the little book that started a revolution.”  Her pioneering work on women’s psychology and girls’ development led her to be named by Time magazine in 1996 as one of the 25 most significant Americans. Her books include: The Birth of Pleasure: A New Map of Love, The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy’s Future (with David Richards), and most recently, Joining the Resistance. A member of the Harvard faculty for over 30 years, Gilligan held the university’s first chair in gender studies; she is currently University Professor of Applied Psychology and the Humanities at New York University.ce.

Writing "The Birth of Pleasure"

The reason I wrote that book was because it seemed so counter-intuitive, and then, why are we afraid of pleasure? You know, and we had just been talking about it because it’s—if you’ve experienced pleasure or love, which is what ...

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Cultural Stereotypes of Men and Women

align=”left” Carol Gilligan: So you know, these descriptions of  boys as being not in relationship, or not emotional, I mean, they are as off as the description of girls as being, having no sense of self. And what’s amazing is ...

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Feminism and Patriarchy

Carol Gilligan: That sort of view that feminism is against men it just doesn’t, but from the beginning it never made sense to me.  And so, I was asked recently by a group of young women in a young women ...

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Our Human Capacity for Emotional Honesty

Lisa Firestone:  It seems like part of what you’re talking about is honesty. Carol Gilligan:  Yes, that’s a good name for it.  I mean emotional honesty, intellectual honesty, yes, absolutely, Lisa. That’s exactly right. LF:  Because honesty doesn’t necessarily mean ...

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