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By Jack Holland

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

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When the gods created man they allotted him death but life they retained in their own keeping. 7 In the later culture of the nomadic Celts, which dominated northwestern Europe, myths of paradise found and lost abound, but there is no myth of the Fall of Man. The Celtic version of paradise is, like that of the Sumerians and Jews, a fruitful garden where beautiful women rule and lure men to a life of bliss. But the only conflict is between the men’s nostalgia for home and their desire for the women of the garden.

Four of the five major goddesses are either virginal or asexual. The most important of them, Athena, is as androgynous as the Statue of Liberty in New York harbour. She is usually shown holding a shield and spear, clad in helmet and long thick robes that conceal her body. The fifth goddess, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, behaves at times like a celestial airhead. The sexlessness of most of the female deities is in startling contrast to the violent, predatory nature of the males. Most significantly, the Athenian pantheon established a serial rapist, the sky-god Zeus, as the father of them all.

Sadly, Jack died of cancer in 2004, just after finishing the manuscript of Misogyny. On his death, his family received letters of respect from statesmen including Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, who had come to rely on his balanced analysis of Irish politics. com This edition published by Robinson, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd, 2006 Copyright © Jack Holland 2006 The right of Jack Holland to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 All rights reserved.

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