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A Brief History of Misogyny: The World's Oldest Prejudice (Brief Histories) Kindle Edition
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Holland is subtly funny, succinct and carries comparisons well.
Getting a different point of view on known historical figures and cultures and how they felt about women was enlightening to say the least.
The book is a bit Euro-centric. India, China and Japan get little mention, and almost exclusively in comparison to Europe or how Europe reacted to the various views on women in Asia, whereas those in Europe are told of independently. Hence I gave "only" a four star review.
This, however, should not discourage from purchasing the book. It is a very worthwhile read; it will make you laugh, it'll change your perspective, it'll turn you cold with disgust and then enrage you and let you see our cultures in a new light.
Much of this has of course been covered in previous works by feminists but Holland is his own man, offering personal views and interpretations, which are always incisive and often provocative. Besides such obvious targets as early Christian hatred of the body, Medieval witch hunts and Victorian hypocrisy, Holland provides fresh insights on a variety of issues ranging from Shakespeare's female characters to the links between misogyny & Nazi racial theories.
This book was originally set to be published by Penguin, but it seems they dropped it at the last minute and it was left to a small publisher to pick it up. This is a terrible shame as the book deserves the exposure that only a company like Penguin could have given it.
For some, it may clarify those moments of unease that swim to the surface from time to time in regard to how women are viewed in society today. That unease is justified, and this book articulates why.
Jack Holland has written the clearest, and it has to be said, possibly the most objective work on this still sadly important issue.
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