Misogyny: The World's Oldest Prejudice

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In this compelling, powerful book, the late Irish journalist and essayist Jack Holland set out to answer a daunting question: how do you explain the oppression and brutalization of half the world's population by the other half, throughout history? The result is an eye-opening journey through centuries, continents and civilizations as it looks at both historical and contemporary attitudes to women. Misogyny encompasses the Church, witch hunts, sexual theory, Nazism, pro-life campaigners, and finally, today's ...

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In this compelling, powerful book, the late Irish journalist and essayist Jack Holland set out to answer a daunting question: how do you explain the oppression and brutalization of half the world's population by the other half, throughout history? The result is an eye-opening journey through centuries, continents and civilizations as it looks at both historical and contemporary attitudes to women. Misogyny encompasses the Church, witch hunts, sexual theory, Nazism, pro-life campaigners, and finally, today's developing world, where women are increasingly and disproportionately at risk because of radicalized religious beliefs, famine, war, and disease. Extensively researched, highly readable and provocative, this book chronicles an ancient, pervasive and enduring injustice. The questions it poses deal with the fundamentals of human existence — sex, love, violence — that have shaped the lives of humans throughout history, and ultimately limn an abuse of human rights on a nearly unthinkable scale.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786718238
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Jack Holland was a highly respected author and journalist known particuarly for his commentary about Northern Irish politics. He grew up in Belfast (where he was taught by Seamus Heaney) and worked with Jeremy Paxman and other outstanding journalists at BBC Belfast during a period of seminal current affairs programming. Jack published four novels and seven works of non-fiction, most of the latter having to do with politics and terrorism in Northern Ireland, including the bestselling Phoenix. Sadly, Jack died of cancer in 2004, just after the manuscript of Misogyny had been delivered and accepted by his US publisher. On his death, his family received letters of respect from politicians including Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, who had come to rely on his balanced analysis of Irish politics.

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Table of Contents

1 Pandora's daughters 12
2 Women at the gates : misogyny in ancient Rome 36
3 Divine intervention : misogyny and the rise of Christianity 67
4 From Queen of Heaven to devil woman 97
5 O brave new world : literature, misogyny and the rise of modernity 131
6 Victorians' secrets 167
7 Misogyny in the age of supermen 208
8 Body politics 236
9 In conclusion : making sense of misogyny 268
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  • Posted May 12, 2010

    Wow

    This book was so informative, I learned so much. This book details the cultural perceptions/roles of women throughout history. The author did an amazing job making this book so easy to read, so enjoyable. I could not put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2009

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    Subject Fitting for Today's World

    Today's political scandals feed right into the prejudice of female inferiority. Males, especially leaders, are expected to have all the answers to everything simply because they are masculine. That is a tremendous responsibility that carries with it an ability to think mistakes can be explained away easily and without recourse.

    Females do not have that option. We are very aware of our inability to bluster our way through a sex scandal by saying "I made a mistake." The level of tolerance for women's mistakes is at the bottom of the scale and we women know it.

    Males are socialized to believe the rules do not apply to them but women know that the rules do apply to the "inferior" sex. As Holland points out, misogyny rests on the belief that women violate the moral order of the world. When so many male elected officials are castigated for sexual roaming, it appears that it is males who violate the moral order of the world. But then again, Holland reminds us of Eve's temptation and Pandora's box. Females brought it on according to ancient philosophers and theologians and we women are still guilty 3,000 years later.

    What a tremendous book Jack Holland has written. It should be a part of every woman's collection, along with The Secret History of Weeds: What Women Need To Know About Their History.

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