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_OC_InitNavbar("child_node":["title":"My library","url":" =114584440181414684107\u0026source=gbs_lp_bookshelf_list","id":"my_library","collapsed":true,"title":"My History","url":"","id":"my_history","collapsed":true,"title":"Books on Google Play","url":" ","id":"ebookstore","collapsed":true],"highlighted_node_id":"");Woman's Inhumanity to WomanPhyllis CheslerThunder's Mouth Press/Nation Books, 2001 - Social Science - 551 pages 0 ReviewsReviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identifiedWhy do contemporary women often have such a hard time getting along with each other, at work, and within the family? Why is female friendship so important to women, despite the prevalence of female betrayals? How does the mother-daughter relationship impede women's growth? This book--destined to be a controversial classic--draws on recent biological, psychological, and anthropological research, as well as hundreds of original interviews, to redress the complicated silence that has prevailed about woman's inhumanity to woman. While women may not be aggressive in the same way that men are, cross-cultural studies confirm that girls and women are equally aggressive in "indirect" ways, and mainly toward each other. Women envy and compete against other women, not against men--and tend to deny this, even to themselves. Like men, many women also hold sexist beliefs; often, they are unaware of it. Women depend upon each other for emotional intimacy and bonding, but their power to form cliques, gossip about, and shun one another enforces conformity and discourages self-confidence and psychological clarity from girlhood on. Are women oppressed? Yes. Do oppressed people internalize the oppressor's attitudes? Without a doubt. Women, therefore, must acknowledge their own sexism and gender double-standards before they can practice sisterhood, resist sexism, treat other women ethically, and forge realistic and compassionate personal and political coalitions. "Chesler's work is our public conscience."--Letty Cottoin Pogrebin What people are saying - Write a reviewReviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identifiedWOMAN'S INHUMANITY TO WOMANUser Review - Kirkus"Women are sexists too" is the not-very-surprising thesis of this reference-packed tome from psychologist, feminist, and author Chesler (Letters to a Young Feminist, 1998, etc.).While male crimes ... Read full review




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Ms. Chesler presents a topic. She describes it with quotes from researchers and other famous people. She clarifies with stories drawn from literature or anthropology and the anecdotal experiences of anonymous interviewees. Then, she comments about what this information means within the context of womanly hostility.


Her observations touch chords of recognition within the reader. For example, if you are a prosecutor, it goes without saying that female juries are far less likely to convict in rape cases. The same holds true for other kinds of crime if the accused is a young attractive male and the victim is female. Remember O.J. Simpson? If you are a woman in a male-dominated field, you face resentment from wives of colleagues, secretaries and female assistants every day. If you are a mother, daughter or sister, you know how fractious these relationships can be.


Although Chesler continues to believe that feminism saved her soul, one cannot help wondering whether the movement was not especially damaging to a young woman prone to theatrics, vengeance, and egotism. All revolutionary movements attract big personalities who use ideological battles as a stage for their petty resentments. But feminism, which tried to erase the boundaries between the personal and the political, has been an especially fertile ground for such self-dramatization.


Women and Madness is now considered a classic work. The poet and essayist Adrienne Rich's front-page review in The New York Times (cited above) was a first of its kind for a feminist work. When it first appeared, at least one critic viewed the work as "radical" and "overstated".[49] Other reviews were more positive. The Saturday Review opined that "this is an extremely important book, a signal that the women's liberation movement is coming of age ... she writes with high passion and compassion".[50] The Los Angeles Times described it as a "stunning book ... fascinating and important to every woman";[51] The Boston Phoenix viewed the book as "an extensively researched and deeply intuitive exploration of woman's psychic experience ... invaluable".[52] When the book was translated into European languages, many reviews appeared. In his review for Le Monde, Roland Jaccard wrote that "like any important book, Women and Madness has the immense merit of 'troubling the world's sleep.'"[53]


The book is an in-depth study of gender-based economic disparities in America in the 1970s. Congresswoman Bella Abzug hailed the book as "powerful ... a realistic analysis of women's economic and political condition".[54] Florynce Kennedy wrote that the book "is the antidote for the poison of women's powerlessness".[54] The New York Times gave it a mixed review but described it as "useful not only for its theoretical insights but for its presentation of a number of practical items".[54] Kirkus called it "caustic and abrasive" but also "impressively researched ... one of the more challenging works to come out of the women's movement".[55]


The Chicago Tribune described this as "a frank assessment of the past and a radical recipe for the future".[54] The New York Times felt much of the advice was unnecessary since "Feminism's daughters have outgrown their bunk beds". The reviewer found the book "strident" and fails to reach younger feminists but concedes that "Chesler does an admirable job. She writes poignantly of the way in which her generation was eerily silent about woman-hating among women, including among feminists. She implores readers to adopt a more global perspective on women's rights."[61] Salon noted that "the book mostly seemed to piss off its intended audience."[62]


This pioneering book addressed the subject of female indirect aggression, both in the family and the workplace, both in childhood and adulthood, and covered woman's capacity for cruelty, competition, envy, and ostracism; the ways in which women, like men, have internalized sexist beliefs; and the importance of acknowledging the "shadow side" of female-female relationships, especially because such relationships are so important to women. The book was reviewed in many publications, and the author was interviewed widely in South America, North America (including in The New York Times),[63] Europe, and Asia. It received a front-page review in the Washington Post Book World written by Deborah Tannen. Tannen wrote: "Chesler seems to have read everything and thought deeply about it ... Along with social commentary and psychological insight, Chesler offers astute literary criticism ... many of Chesler's richest scenarios are drawn from the more than 500 interviews she conducted ... many of Chesler's examples have an unmistakable and heartbreaking ring of familiarity. The time has come to stop idealizing or demonizing either sex. Seeing women, like men, as capable of both courage and jealousy, of providing care, and causing pain, is no more nor less than acknowledging women as fully human."[64]


Chesler distinguishes honor killings from homicides, domestic violence and crimes of passion in that honor killings are carried out by a family due to their perception of a woman having brought public dishonor. In the book, the empirical evidence leads Chesler to conclude that the origins of honor killings are more likely to reside in tribalism rather than any single religion. Simultaneously, Chesler holds Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism responsible for failing to abolish or to even try to abolish honor killings and femicides. For example, in Pakistan, a Muslim country, Chesler notes that religious authorities do not condemn honor killings.[82]


This book chronicles the crimes of Aileen Wuornos, America's so-called first female serial killer, Chesler's involvement with her case, and with Wuornos's trials and eventual execution. It is a genre-blended true-crime narrative, both fictional and non-fictional and sees events through Wuornos's eyes. She also profiles the way in which Wuornos is a unique serial killer. Requiem portrays prostitution as the greatest form of violence against women and discusses whether every woman, including a prostitute, has the right to defend herself. Chesler discusses the racism, sexism, and the nature of justice/injustice in north-central Florida and the feminist involvement in the case.


In addition, Chesler has written that she is not opposed to the Islamic veil (hijab, headscarf) because it does not obscure a woman's facial identity. However, she also notes that there is a connection between a range of physical and psychiatric illnesses associated with forced veiling; these include the visible subordination of women, as well as the obvious lack of sunlight. However, she has also said she is not opposed to the Islamic headscarf (hijab).[101]


Chesler sets the context for her topic of womanly hostility with quotes from researchers, exploring the metaphors of myths, clarifies with stories drawn from literature, anthropology, psychology and the anecdotal personal stories of herself and those of around 200 interviewees with an impressive bibliography collected over 20 years.


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