CA professor says heterosexuality "looks very tragic" and fuels misogyny, toxic masculinity in new book

by Laura Mize · Jan 28th, 2021 10:37 am

Last Updated Jan 29th, 2021 at 3:41 pm

University of California-Riverside Professor Jane Ward, who specializes in gender and sexuality studies, has published a book that describes heterosexuality as a "tragedy" that fuels misogyny, toxic masculinity, and other societal problems.

Ward's book "The Tragedy of Heterosexuality" was published in September.

"It really looks like straight men and women don't like each other very much, that women spend so much time complaining about men, and we still have so much evidence of misogyny," Ward told the publication Insider last year. "From an LGBT perspective, [being straight] looks actually very tragic."

Ward also says she feels sorry for straight women, and claims their rates of reported sexual satisfaction are among the lowest in society. She also said that many straight women experience "frustration and resentment" due to heterosexual couples' difficulty balancing family and work responsibilities. Inequality in heterosexual relationships is very problematic, Ward emphasizes.

The professor, who says she is a lesbian, also says she feels sorry for men who are straight because they "are pigeon-holed into toxic-masculine culture that teaches them they both need, and yet should also demean, women."


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