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

By Jack Holland

During this compelling, robust e-book, the overdue Irish journalist and essayist Jack Holland got down to resolution a frightening query: how do you clarify the oppression and brutalization of part the world's inhabitants via the opposite part, all through historical past? the result's an eye-opening trip via centuries, continents and civilizations because it seems to be at either ancient and modern attitudes to ladies. Misogyny encompasses the Church, witch hunts, sexual idea, Nazism, pro-life campaigners, and eventually, modern day constructing international, the place ladies are more and more and disproportionately in danger due to radicalized non secular ideals, famine, conflict, and affliction. widely researched, hugely readable and provocative, this e-book chronicles an historical, pervasive and enduring injustice. The questions it poses care for the basics of human life — intercourse, love, violence — that experience formed the lives of people all through background, and eventually limn an abuse of human rights on an almost unthinkable scale.

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The impact of the Peloponnesian War on Greece can be compared with that of the First World War on Europe. It led to the ruin of Athens and its empire. It brought about the end of one of the most extraordinary periods of intellectual and artistic achievement that civilization has ever enjoyed. It exhausted Greece, paving the way for conquest first by the Macedonians, and then by Rome. In the turmoil and confusion that followed defeat, a vengeful democratic regime forced Plato’s beloved mentor Socrates (469–399 BC) to commit suicide.

One was stabbed more than fifty times by the man who once claimed he loved her. East Africa. In an area stretching from Egypt to Somalia, it is estimated that between 80 per cent and 100 per cent of all women have suffered genital mutilation. Some have fled to the United States seeking asylum. The women have argued that they are entitled to the same protection as refugees escaping political oppression. But the struggle in which they are engaged is far older than any campaign for national, political or civil rights.

25 The message is mixed, if not contradictory. While the playwrights often convey sympathy with women for the suffering and the oppression that goads them into rebellion, the resulting violence and savagery reinforces the underlying anxiety that women are wild and irrational creatures, eruptions of nature who are a threat to the civilized order created by men. This expresses itself in one of the most powerful pieces of misogyny ever penned: In Euripides’ Hippolyta, Hippolytus declaims: Go to hell!

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