Carol Gilligan on the Gender Debate Nobody is Talking About
In 2002, Carol Gilligan became University Professor at New York University, with affiliations in the School of Law, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is currently teaching a seminar at the Law School on Resisting Injustice and an advanced research seminar on The Listening Guide Method of Psychological Inquiry. She is a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge affiliated with the Centre for Gender Studies and with Jesus College.
She received an A.B. in English literature from Swarthmore College, a masters degree in clinical psychology from Radcliffe College and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. Her landmark book In A Different Voice (1982) is described by Harvard University Press as "the little book that started a revolution." Following In A Different Voice, she initiated the Harvard Project on Women's Psychology and Girls' Development and co-authored or edited 5 books with her students.
She received a Senior Research Scholar award from the Spencer Foundation, a Grawemeyer Award for her contributions to education, a Heinz Award for her contributions to understanding the human condition and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans.
She was a member of the Harvard faculty for over 30 years and in 1997 became Harvard's first professor of Gender Studies, occupying the Patricia Albjerg Graham chair.
Question: Why can’t we discuss certain gender issues?
Carol Gilligan: Maybe because it goes so much more deeply in to our psyche and it raises issues that are so emotional and it’s about how we all feel about her mothers and what are sexual experiences are with women or man. What our needs to our I mean if you think about gender, it affect how you feel about our bodies and our desires, it affects our sense of our identity, it affects how our prospects in the world, because if you are not seeing this one of the guys, you have troubled and if you are not one of the in girls, if you are out of that group you are kind of unfolding of the edges of the era, so these are hugely emotional issues, and I think we haven’t found a way to talk about them. I think in a Different Voice started that conversation and then there was lot of - we have had enough of this conversation, we don’t really want to talk about it and it is about everybody’s most personal life’s. So, may be that is the next conversation.
Carol Gilligan sees our sense of privacy keeping us from a productive debate on gender.
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