Kathleen Barry  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Kathleen Barry (born January 22, 1941) is an American sociologist and feminist.



Barry's first book, Female Sexual Slavery (1979), prompted international awareness of human sex trafficking and has been translated into six languages. Her follow-up to Female Sexual Slavery, The Prostitution of Sexuality (1995) makes an important contribution to political philosophy and feminist theory by discussing the idea of "consent" in liberal modern American discourse and concluding that "every form of oppression is sustained" through apparent consent by the oppressed group or class to their exploitation. She further concludes that the normalization and acceptance of prostitution based on arguments of prostitutes' consent ignores the human-rights principle that violation cannot be consented to. She states that women, as members of an oppressed class under patriarchy, are compelled to "consent" to their own sexual exploitation by society, much in the way a Marxist would say workers are compelled to cooperate with their oppressors, the capitalists.



  • Female Sexual Slavery, 1979
  • Vietnam's Women in Transition, 1995
  • The Prostitution of Sexuality, 1995
  • Susan B. Anthony: A Biography of a Singular Feminist, 2000 <ref name= "The New York Times Book Review">The New York Times Book Review</ref>
  • Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers and Ourselves, 2010


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