The historical perspective and the analysis of societal prejudices against women is presented as a matter of fact, in a simple but, nevertheless, very convincing way.
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Every woman inevitably experiences some misogynistic attitudes from both - men and, ironically, women. It is easy to get upset, when somebody abuses or attempts to abuse you as a person. It is much harder to understand that some abuse comes to you for a sole reason of being a woman, to realize that you are not at fault there, that the reason of what you go through is systemic, and pervasive, and rooted so deeply in our world history that the only way to beat the monster of misogyny is with a consistent systemic change, which can't happen by itself: women need to open their eyes and see what's happening to them, the positive things too, of course, but also a lot of horrific eventuality of the injustice of ages.
And this book is just that incredible guide that can help women do that. I enjoyed the writing, the factual richness, the passion, and the intelligence of this book. I highly recommend it to both women and good men, because we need their help in order to become whole again. Thank you, Jack Holland! You are a good man. Misogyny is the one area of history rarely taught in schools or talked about even among girls and women.
Yet, it was invented and perniciously survived for thousands of years through today for one reason: it works; sexism and misogyny have always been an effective, purposeful control and harm of females worldwide. This is an interesting, highly readable overview of history and how each civilization evolved socially, legally, politically, and religiously - while not pointedly not evolving for half the population that's female, thereby holding hostage all of humanity. Societies today choose to get lost in the fragmented other -isms and prejudices: racism, homophobia, etc Because most societies still are not inclusive of females, their health, safety, well-being and economic independence that would mitigate the free labor and sexual slavery males have enjoyed for millennia.
How to finally rid the human species of this venal self-defeating cancer is the challenge of all of us today. Misogyny straight up harms the entire planet, destroys females as well as males. Everywhere, those invented chains perpetuate superstitions , violence against females, codes of silence and behaviors that all humans need to break free from. Want to know the taproot to almost all of human ills and pathologies: read this book. Ignorance is not bliss. A very complete and detailed historical account. Very well researched.
The author draws very heavily from original records therefore it is lengthy, slow moving and obviously quite depressing to read as you would guess from the title! The author does not insert opinions or arguments, and to me it feels much more like a school history book which leaves you to draw your own conclusions on what we need to do to raise our son and daughters to improve our society.
A Brief History of Misogyny: the World's Oldest Prejudice by Jack Holland (Paperback, 2006)
Thought provoking, depressing and potentially inspiring. Holland writes clearly, using his deep knowledge of history lightly, and selects anecdotes well.
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The story he tells has a broad, global reach, befitting the pervasiveness of his subject. Most importantly, his analysis and explanations are persuasive, answering the questions we all have. Women are physically weaker than men, which doesn't explain the contempt, the anger, that male-dominated systems and societies rest upon. Holland is thoughtful in weaving his evidence to a conclusion that makes psychological sense. He ends on a modestly hopeful note, but the fundamental fears and stereotypes he describes warrant the conscious awareness of both men and women to overcome them.
This is not a polemic or a condemnation of men.
I recommend this book highly to any thoughtful person who is looking for deeper understanding of ourselves and our world. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. I'm so happy to see the glowing tributes from other reviewers. This book is going to stay on my short list of all-time favorite books, right up there with "Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven" by Uta Ranke-Heinemann, which is a fabulous book about misogyny in Christianity.
Profuse thanks to the children of Jack Holland for seeing that his book got published following their father's death. I had never thought of the history of prejudice before reading this. It would be great if this were expanded to include all types of prejudices. I had no idea how many women had been killed as witches over the course of history.
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Prior to reading this book I was aware that many cultures killed female babies at birth. The book is well written and well researched. I found his analysis most interesting and agreed with him on equal rights. I just do not have great hopes that prejudice will disappear. I think this is a must read book for everyone. Should be discussed in high school or even sooner than that. Cameron Stewart does a good job narrating the book.
He is an award winning actor who also narrates audiobooks. A clear, well-researched, erudite history. I found myself nodding and agreeing with Mr Holland's conclusions, and thanking whichever deity happened to be listening that he had written this book.
If anyone doubts that misogyny exists, or that worldwide political, social, economic, religious and cultural groups are inherently sexist, they should read this and think again. How is it possible that the oppression of women is still allowed to continue? Why do women collude with this oppression?
It is A clear, well-researched, erudite history. It is obvious why men do, they are privileged by the sexism, but why do women? This book can help one understand the reasons, give one hope for change, and is a clarion call to equality for all. I personally include all intersecting oppressed groups in that equality, as does Mr Holland. This should be a set text for schoolchildren Nov 22, Barbara The Bibliophage rated it really liked it Shelves: own-digital , non-fiction , audio , resistlist , feminism-and-women-s-studies , politics-and-the-world , I listened to this as an audio book, which had both advantages and disadvantages.
I was able to read a maddening subject in small bites, and yet there were many passages I needed to rewind and replay a few times to truly grasp. The narrator's upper crust British accent made the highly descriptive language seem a tad less upsetting. The author covers centuries of misogynistic behaviors and beliefs in a relatively short book, which is amazing since misogyny exists in practically every culture thro I listened to this as an audio book, which had both advantages and disadvantages.
The author covers centuries of misogynistic behaviors and beliefs in a relatively short book, which is amazing since misogyny exists in practically every culture throughout history. That fact alone is wildly depressing. Listening to the sexual and feminist issues of Ancient Rome and Greece is one thing. But when the book reached Victorian times or the discussion of misogyny around the time of Hitler including his own it becomes utterly chilling. He also includes a detailed explanation of misogyny in the Middle East and Afghanistan, even as it relates to the radicalization of Islam.
Again, deeply disturbing. From the book: "In this dualistic vision of the world, the hated group represents "the other" and the women of that group are usually seen as the most contemptible aspect of the perceived "otherness," that is its feminine form. The history of the last hundred years is a depressing chronicle of atrocities carried out under the influence of this intoxicatingly simple view of the world as being divided into "us" and "them. So worth the effort! Apr 01, Lord Beardsley rated it it was amazing Shelves: read The last work of Jack Holland's life is this masterpiece: a complete and utter take-down of the fallacy of Misogyny and the ravages it has caused human kind.
Passionate, sincere, incredibly well-researched and told with an engaging and approachable tone I can't recommend this enough. This work is a credit to humanity and I am also very happy to see that a male feminist ally in the fight to end gender discrimination wrote it. I could not admire this book enough.
It's an essential work of feminist The last work of Jack Holland's life is this masterpiece: a complete and utter take-down of the fallacy of Misogyny and the ravages it has caused human kind.
Nov 02, Erin rated it it was ok. I liked the historical information in this book, especially the discussion of traditions of misogyny in western philosophy. It should be noted that this is a history of misogyny in the western world, with only a cursory glance at eastern history and cultures. It is also intended to be a brief history of misogyny, yet even that seems like an extremely ambitious undertaking - it's simply too broad a topic. Throughout the book I hoped for better researched arguments and more source citations.
There I liked the historical information in this book, especially the discussion of traditions of misogyny in western philosophy.