The World's Oldest Prejudice

Paperback - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2006.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
ISBN: 9780786718238
Branch Call Number: 305.42
Characteristics: xv, 320 p. ; 20 cm.


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Jan 15, 2012

Just like the introduction to this book promises, the writing is simple, straightforward and easily understood. Jack Holland was able to make sense of thousands of years worth of information and relate it in a way that’s easy to digest. This book is informative, insightful and inspiring. For all that’s right with the book, it still falls short of being able to explain why the men of the world, many times from different cultures and historical development, have decided to systematically mistreat women. It goes into great detail into explaining how institutional misogyny was implemented by ruling authorities as well as the faulty evidence used to justify decisions. The ultimate questions of how people can be so cruel to each other and why would people want to be so cruel remains as elusive as ever. This book’s focus is on the historical development of misogyny and its application to societies through out time; not about the psychology of prejudice. Due to the authors untimely death the challenge falls to the rest of us to make sense of the reasons behind hatred and cruelty and work towards their eradication.


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Jan 22, 2012

Other: The author describes in graphic detail some of the gruesome things men have done to women throughout history.


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