Ann Oakley


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Ann Oakley (born 1944) is a distinguished British sociologist, feminist, and writer. She is Professor and Founder-Director of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London and in 2005 partially retired from full-time academic work to concentrate on her writing and especially new novels. Oakley is the only daughter of Professor Richard Titmuss and wrote a ... more »

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  • ''If love ... means that one person absorbs the other, then no real relationship exists any more. Love evaporates; there is nothing left to love. The integrity of self is gone.''
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. "Love: Irresolution," Taking It Like a Woman (1984).
  • ''There are always women who will take men on their own terms. If I were a man I wouldn't bother to change while there are women like that around.''
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. quoted in Observer (London, Oct. 27, 1991).
  • ''Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.''
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. "The War Between Love and the Family II," Taking It Like a Woman (1984).
  • ''Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization.''
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. Woman's Work: The Housewife, Past and Present, ch. 9 (1974).
  • ''Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive.''
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. Woman's Work: The Housewife, Past and Present, ch. 8 (1974).
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