By Jack Holland
During this compelling, robust ebook, 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 by means of the opposite part, all through historical past? the result's an eye-opening trip via centuries, continents and civilizations because it seems to be at either ancient and modern attitudes to ladies. Misogyny encompasses the Church, witch hunts, sexual conception, Nazism, pro-life campaigners, and eventually, latest constructing international, the place ladies are more and more and disproportionately in danger as a result of radicalized non secular ideals, famine, conflict, and sickness. broadly researched, hugely readable and provocative, this ebook chronicles an old, 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 an almost unthinkable scale.
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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. His own mother, Elizabeth Rodgers Holland, grew up so poor that she could afford to attend school only sporadically. She would serve as an inspiration to him throughout his career. He used to say that his aim as a writer was to give people like her, uneducated but endowed with intelligence, access to complex ideas.
But Plato gave it a kind of philosophic fire-power never seen before. No philosopher’s speculations take place in a vacuum; however abstract or obtuse the thought, there are circumstances, real enough, to help explain it. 28 His search for a higher, more perfect world beyond that of the senses took place against the background of years of starvation, plague, repression, censorship, and civil bloodshed. The events that shook the Greek world when Plato was a young man profoundly shaped him. Born into a wealthy Athenian family, he grew up during the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta that lasted almost continuously from 431 BC to 404 BC.
Though misogyny is one of the most tenacious prejudices, it has changed and evolved over the centuries, moderated or exacerbated by prevailing social, political and, above all, religious currents. A dramatic transformation in the history of the hatred of women occurred with the rise of Christianity and the promulgation of the doctrine of Original Sin. As explained in this book, the doctrine was a product of the confluence in Christianity of three powerful currents in the ancient world: Greek philosophical Platonism; Judaic patriarchal monotheism; and Christian revelation, as expressed in the assertion that Christ was the Son of God, and that in him God himself became incarnate and intervened directly in human affairs.
A Brief History of Misogyny - The World's Oldest Prejudice by Jack Holland