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4.0 out of 5 stars A lamento, a long cry of pain and rage, hard but excellent, 23 April 2001
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This book is not a "scientific book" in the sense of an argument, a train of thought with examples, a general premise, numbers, arguments pro and con, proof, a conclusion and a recipe what can/might/should be done to solve the problem.
It is a factual book, telling stories, truths, painting a picture of a situation, but more in the way of a lamento, a cry of pain and rage, it wants to open our eyes to the hidden, the unspeakable, the shameful way some are excluded from basic equality, either as women or as Jews.
Those who criticize Andrea Dworkin's work seem to expect the former, and are bitterly disappointed. Or they find the rage, the bottomless pain and despair behind her facts too hard to bear - either because it threatens them, or because accepting anger is hard, especially a woman's anger.
This is not a book I read easily, and it is not a book for those times when I look for operational solutions, for ways to improve women's situation. There, it is no help at all.
It is a book for those times when I just want to admit that there is a bottomless injustice in our culture, when I just want to get in touch with my own anger (well-hidden, well-covered, I also am uncomfortable with anger, it is not an emotion women are allowed to have, in the culture I live in). A literary, in part poetic cry about history, about our reality, about being a woman in today's world, it deserves being listened to. Just keeping the uncomfortable, the gruesome, the cruelty towards the persecuted - and yes, women and Jews are among the most persecuted - out of our common consciousness makes life worse, not better for us, persecution's victims.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The revolutionary state turns authoritarian and women suffer, 13 July 2000
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This review is from: Scapegoat: The Jews, Israel and Women's Liberation (Hardcover)
Another stimulating, eloquent book by one of the Anglophone world's great thinkers and writers. Dworkin is consistently misrepresented in the press, who tend to invent what she says and then quarrel with that, rather than bother to read her sometimes complex or unwelcome arguments. Dworkin argues that women and children are now routinely targeted in wars -- Rwanda and Kosovo being two of many examples. She believes that the nature of machismo has changed, so that it is now no longer 'unmanly' to attack women and children. If she seems to be suggesting that the only way women will protect themselves from becoming the ultimate scapegoats is by arming and establishing their own physical territory. But there is an element of irony in all this which is clearly meant to underline the real problem -- how do we stop it happening. A wonderful book, very accessible and with devasting insights, elegant arguments. Mary M
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5.0 out of 5 stars A passionate indictment of the patriarchal nation-state, 15 Aug. 2001
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This is the first of Ms Dworkin's books I have read, and after reading reviews of her work that were very critical I was pleasantly surprised, not least by her style. Her thesis is well-argued and extremely convincing; the fact that it is not "objective" is actually a point in its favour.There is no point in being calm and detached from something when it is genuinely horrific.
Although all nations are patriarchal and endorse "masculinity" as a superior thing to a degree, Nazi Germany was the ultimate in patriarchy, a "cult of masculinity" gone mad.The sad fact that even many men who are fighting oppression, or who have been victims of oppression, oppress women to construct themselves a "masculine" identity is perceptively presented in this book.
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