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By Jack Holland

During this compelling, strong ebook, 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 via the opposite part, all through heritage? 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 thought, Nazism, pro-life campaigners, and eventually, brand new constructing international, the place ladies are more and more and disproportionately in danger due to radicalized non secular ideals, famine, warfare, and affliction. generally researched, hugely readable and provocative, this e-book chronicles an historic, pervasive and enduring injustice. The questions it poses care for the basics of human lifestyles — intercourse, love, violence — that experience formed the lives of people all through background, and eventually limn an abuse of human rights on a virtually unthinkable scale.

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But this book, his last, shall stand as an important tool in the struggle against the world’s oldest prejudice. INTRODUCTION her shaved head like a stubble of black corn her blindfold a bandage her noose a ring Seamus Heaney, ‘Punishment’ from North (1975) On 22 June 2002, in a remote area of the Punjab, a Pakistani woman named Mukhtaran Bibi was sentenced on the orders of a tribal council to be gang raped because allegedly her brother had been seen in the company of a higher-caste woman. Four men dragged her into a hut ignoring her pleas for mercy.

It has survived in one form or another over immense periods of time, emerging seemingly unchanged from the cataclysms that have engulfed empires and cultures, and swept away their other modes of thought and feeling. It persists after philosophical and scientific revolutions have seemingly transformed permanently how we look at the world. When social and political upheavals have refashioned relationships between citizens and the state, and democracies vanquished oligarchies and driven absolute monarchs from power, it comes back to haunt our ideals of equality, with the persistence of a ghost that cannot be exorcised.

And in many parts of the world, where issues of gender are compounded by poverty, ignorance, fundamentalism and disease, women’s lot has scarcely improved over the centuries. Jack Holland, my father, was acutely aware that such problems could not be solved by a single book, or indeed by many. But this book, his last, shall stand as an important tool in the struggle against the world’s oldest prejudice. INTRODUCTION her shaved head like a stubble of black corn her blindfold a bandage her noose a ring Seamus Heaney, ‘Punishment’ from North (1975) On 22 June 2002, in a remote area of the Punjab, a Pakistani woman named Mukhtaran Bibi was sentenced on the orders of a tribal council to be gang raped because allegedly her brother had been seen in the company of a higher-caste woman.

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