By Jack Holland
During this compelling, strong 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 by means of the opposite part, all through background? the result's an eye-opening trip via centuries, continents and civilizations because it seems to be at either old and modern attitudes to ladies. Misogyny encompasses the Church, witch hunts, sexual thought, Nazism, pro-life campaigners, and at last, latest constructing international, the place girls are more and more and disproportionately in danger as a result of radicalized spiritual ideals, famine, warfare, and disorder. largely researched, hugely readable and provocative, this booklet chronicles an historic, pervasive and enduring injustice. The questions it poses take care of the basics of human lifestyles — intercourse, love, violence — that experience formed the lives of people all through background, and finally limn an abuse of human rights on a virtually unthinkable scale.
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The latter states: For in the beginning, as humankind emerged from the darkness of prehistory, God was a woman. And what a woman! … The power and centrality of the first woman-God is one of the best-kept secrets of history. Miles gives a chronology of the worship of the Great Goddess (which is equated with the prevalence of matriarchal societies) and claims that ‘the sacred status of womanhood lasted for at least 25,000 years – some commentators would push it back further still, to 40,000 years or even 50,000.
The female Guardians are permitted merely to breed and not to bond. Their offspring will be ‘mothered’ by the state. The control of sexuality is the key to the state’s domination of its citizens. It becomes an instrument of state policy. By breaking the bonds of the family, especially the relationship between mother and child, Plato’s Utopia attacks the notion of individuality itself. All totalitarian ideologies seek to erase individualism in order to ensure that the needs of the state are paramount.
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. His expression told me that he did not see scenes like this very often. Jack grew up in Northern Ireland in the 1950s and came of age in the socially and politically turbulent 1960s. From early on, he was surrounded by capable women. He was raised primarily by his grandmother Kate Murphy Holland, a formidable matriarch from the wilds of County Down, and his aunt ‘Cissy’ Martha Holland, a woman of considerable beauty who never married and worked in one of Belfast’s many linen mills.
A Brief History of Misogyny - The World's Oldest Prejudice by Jack Holland