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Think Like a Feminist, Carol Hay


Carol Hay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and author of Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution. Carol, in a warm and witty language, explain feminism to every day reader. She will talk with Sara Jamshidi about the philosophy behind  feminism, its movement, and its controversies.


Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution 

By Carol Hay 


 Amazon Books

Think Like a Feminist is an irreverent yet rigorous primer that unpacks over two hundred years of feminist thought. In a time when the word feminism triggers all sorts of responses, many of them conflicting and misinformed, Professor Carol Hay provides this balanced, clarifying, and inspiring examination of what it truly means to be a feminist today.

She takes the reader from conceptual questions of sex, gender, intersectionality, and oppression to the practicalities of talking to children, navigating consent, and fighting for adequate space on public transit, without deviating from her clear, accessible, conversational tone. Think Like a Feminist is equally a feminist starter kit and an advanced refresher course, connecting longstanding controversies to today’s headlines.

Think Like a Feminist takes on many of the essential questions that feminism has risen up to answer: Is it nature or nurture that’s responsible for our gender roles and identities? How is sexism connected to racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression? Who counts as a woman, and who gets to decide? Why have men gotten away with rape and other forms of sexual violence for so long? What responsibility do women themselves bear for maintaining sexism? What, if anything, can we do to make society respond to women’s needs and desires?

Ferocious, insightful, practical, and unapologetically opinionated, Think Like a Feminist is the perfect book for anyone who wants to understand the continuing effects of misogyny in society. By exploring the philosophy underlying the feminist movement, Carol Hay brings today’s feminism into focus, so we can deliberately shape the feminist future.


About Carol, from her website: 

​I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

My most recent book Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution (W.W. Norton & Co., September 2020) has been called “a crisp, well-informed primer on feminist theory” by Publisher’s Weekly and “a winning mix of scholarship and irreverence” by Kirkus Reviews.

My academic work focuses primarily on issues in analytic feminism, liberal social and political philosophy, oppression studies, Kantian ethics, and the philosophy of sex and love.  ​

My 2013 book Kantianism, Liberalism, & Feminism: Resisting Oppression received the American Philosophical Association’s Gregory Kavka/UCI Prize in Political Philosophy. ​

My public philosophy has appeared in venues such as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Aeon magazine.

I grew up in small-town Saskatchewan, Canada and was a first-generation college student.  I now split my time between Boston and San Francisco with my sweet cat Dinah and even sweeter daughter Becca. 




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