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By Jack Holland

During this compelling, strong e-book, the overdue 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 seems at either ancient and modern attitudes to girls. Misogyny encompasses the Church, witch hunts, sexual concept, Nazism, pro-life campaigners, and eventually, modern-day constructing international, the place girls are more and more and disproportionately in danger due to radicalized non secular ideals, famine, conflict, and sickness. generally researched, hugely readable and provocative, this publication chronicles an historical, 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 heritage, and eventually limn an abuse of human rights on a virtually unthinkable scale.

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She snareth strong men’s eyes; she snareth tall Cities; and fire from out her eateth up Houses. 12 Hecuba’s pleas are in vain. Menelaus both needs and desires Helen too much to punish her. He carries her back to Sparta where they resume their married life, while the other women, reduced to the status of the victors’ slaves, are left to lament their lost husbands, fathers, and sons. Like that of Pandora, the story of Helen is an allegory that inextricably links desire with death. In the Pandora story, her loss of virginity – the uncorking of the jar – lets death into the world, just as Paris’ desire for Helen brings war and all its horrors.

It is as if modern novelists followed a convention which obliged them to base all their characters and plots on the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Questions have therefore been raised about how much these dramas can tell us about the lives and problems of real women. However, the question is not how accurately they reflect the behaviour of real women but how truly they express society’s anxieties about relationships between men and women. 23 In Euripides’ Medea, the eponymous heroine slaughters her children to take revenge on her husband, the Greek mythological hero Jason, when he abandons her to marry another woman.

A copy of the British Library Cataloguing in Publication data is available from the British Library ISBN-13: 978-1-84529-371-0 ISBN-10: 1-84529-371-1 eISBN: 978-1-78033-884-2 Printed and bound in the EU 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 This book is dedicated to the memory of its author. It is also dedicated to the women who raised him – his mother, Elizabeth Rodgers Holland, his grandmother Kate Murphy Holland and his aunt ‘Cissy’ Martha Holland, as well as to his sisters – Katherine, Elizabeth and Eileen.

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