A Brief History of Misogyny - The World's Oldest Prejudice by Jack Holland

By Jack Holland

During this compelling, robust publication, the past due Irish journalist and essayist Jack Holland got down to solution a frightening query: how do you clarify the oppression and brutalization of part the world's inhabitants through the opposite part, all through heritage? the result's an eye-opening trip via centuries, continents and civilizations because it appears to be like at either old and modern attitudes to girls. Misogyny encompasses the Church, witch hunts, sexual thought, Nazism, pro-life campaigners, and eventually, present day constructing global, the place girls are more and more and disproportionately in danger as a result of radicalized spiritual ideals, famine, conflict, and sickness. broadly researched, hugely readable and provocative, this ebook chronicles an historical, pervasive and enduring injustice. The questions it poses take care of the basics of human life — intercourse, love, violence — that experience formed the lives of people all through heritage, and finally limn an abuse of human rights on an almost unthinkable scale.

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The tools he used in tackling that question were the same ones he employed to make other more contemporary conflicts tangible to his readers – his ability to condense difficult, inaccessible material; his considerable knowledge of Western culture and history; his sympathy for the oppressed; and his lyrical prose style. With these at his disposal, he created a history which, despite its often brutal subject matter, is remarkably pleasurable to read. In March 2004, a month after he finished Misogyny, my father was diagnosed with cancer.

It was a golden moment, now burnished by recollection. It felt as though the quiet task we were engaged in was greater than his illness. In the sun-drenched room where we sat overlooking the Hudson River, for a brief moment, we were keeping at bay the suffering and fear that surrounded us in that cancer ward. We were not long at our task when I realized that my father’s doctor, a kind, soft-spoken man who barely two weeks earlier had informed my mother and me that my father’s death was imminent, was standing by watching us, clearly moved.

Ludicrous as it might seem, the myth of the father of the gods becoming the mother of the gods was given force by the science of Aristotle, in which the role of the mother in pregnancy was determined to be merely nutritive. She was the passive receptacle of the male seed, which contained everything needed (except the environment) for the development of the foetus. Whatever the female can do, it seems, the male can do better – though there is no evidence of any Greek males rushing to experiment with impregnation and giving birth.

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