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By Jack Holland

During this compelling, strong publication, the past due 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 background? the result's an eye-opening trip via centuries, continents and civilizations because it appears at either ancient and modern attitudes to ladies. Misogyny encompasses the Church, witch hunts, sexual conception, Nazism, pro-life campaigners, and eventually, contemporary constructing international, the place ladies are more and more and disproportionately in danger as a result of radicalized non secular ideals, famine, warfare, and ailment. greatly researched, hugely readable and provocative, this ebook chronicles an historic, 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 historical past, and finally limn an abuse of human rights on a virtually unthinkable scale.

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One of the beliefs most central to the Greek, and later the Judaeo-Christian, traditions was that man was fashioned by the gods, or God, separately from the creation of animals. ) The possession of fire was proof that man was different from the animals, and also further up the hierarchy of species. But fire’s acquisition brought man too close to the gods for their comfort. Woman, it was said, is his punishment for this hubris, a reminder that man, regardless of his origins and aspirations, comes into the world as does a lowly beast.

The myth of Pandora was first written down in the eighth century BC by Hesiod, a farmer turned poet, in two poems: ‘Theogony’ and ‘Works and Days’. In spite of Hesiod’s considerable experience as a farmer, his account of mankind’s creation ignores some of the basic facts of life. The race of men exists before the arrival of woman, in blissful autonomy, as companions to the gods, ‘apart from sorrow and from painful work/ Free from disease …’2 As in the Biblical account of the creation of man, woman is an afterthought.

When a baby was born, the doctor shouted, “Kill it quickly. ”’ Nigeria, 2002. Amina Lawal was sentenced to death by stoning for having a child out of wedlock. She was sentenced to be buried up to her neck and rocks thrown at her head until her skull was crushed. Fayetteville, North Carolina. In Fort Bragg army base, over a period of just six weeks in the summer of 2003, four women died at the hands of their enraged husbands. One was stabbed more than fifty times by the man who once claimed he loved her.

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