- Tapa blanda: 551 páginas
- Editor: Lawrence Hill (1 de mayo de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1556529465
- ISBN-13: 978-1556529467
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Woman's Inhumanity to Woman (Inglés) Tapa blanda – may 2009
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"Phyllis Chesler has one of the most original and provocative minds in modern American feminism. It has always been her style to turn the conventional wisdom on its head, and take us wherever that leads. Here she is in top form, enlivening her readers with an exciting and thought provoking argument about the other side of sisterhood." --Vivian Gornick
"Once again Phyllis Chesler braves uncharted waters. In this lucid book, she explores a topic forbidden among feminists for too long. She provides an understanding of jealousy and anger among women, yet she is also compassionate. Like her groundbreaking work, Women and Madness, this book will strengthen feminism and help to end the sad bitterness Chesler so ably describes." --Susan Griffin, author of "The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues "
"A heady amalgam of research . . . again, Chesler's voice is breathtakingly bold, ruthlessly honest, provocative, challenging and compassionate. This is rough terrain, and Chesler is leading the way. This book's usefulness [is in] furthering an open conversation among feministsmen and women alikewho want to get past the infighting to a more expansive view of human liberation.""Tikkun""
"A staggeringly thorough study of the cruelties, conscious and unconscious, that females visit upon one another." "Denver Post""
"Fascinating . . . Chesler takes on the sisterhood like Sherman took Atlanta . ["Woman's Inhumanity to Woman"] is a provocative take on the nature and behavior of women." "Seattle Times""
Phyllis Chesler has one of the most original and provocative minds in modern American feminism. It has always been her style to turn the conventional wisdom on its head, and take us wherever that leads. Here she is in top form, enlivening her readers with an exciting and thought provoking argument about the other side of sisterhood. Vivian Gornick"
Once again Phyllis Chesler braves uncharted waters. In this lucid book, she explores a topic forbidden among feminists for too long. She provides an understanding of jealousy and anger among women, yet she is also compassionate. Like her groundbreaking work, Women and Madness, this book will strengthen feminism and help to end the sad bitterness Chesler so ably describes." Susan Griffin, author of "The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues ""
"Chesler's credentials are impeccable, her explanations thorough, her research well documented. This is not about men vs. women or women vs. women: lt's about people learning to be fair." "St. Petersburg Times""
"I love what Chesler has done in this very important work. I find Chesler's careful perspective confirming, provocative and comforting." Judy Grahn, poet and author of "Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds""
"An important book . . . "Woman's Inhumanity to Woman" proves that Chesler still has a thing or two to teach the kids after all." Salon.com"
Reseña del editor
Drawing on the most important studies in psychology, human aggression, anthropology, and primatology, and on hundreds of original interviews conducted over a period of more than 20 years, this groundbreaking treatise urges women to look within and to consider other women realistically, ethically, and kindly and to forge bold and compassionate alliances. Without this necessary next step, women will never be liberated. Detailing how women's aggression may not take the same form as men's, this investigation revealsthrough myths, plays, memoir, theories of revolutionary liberation movements, evolution, psychoanalysis, and childhood developmentthat girls and women are indeed aggressive, often indirectly and mainly toward one another. This fascinating work concludes by showing that women depend upon one another for emotional intimacy and bonding, and exclusionary and sexist behavior enforces female conformity and discourages independence and psychological growth.Ver Descripción del producto
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Chesler reminds us:
"We all have the capacity to act in ways that oppress, dominate, wound (whether or not that power is institutionalized) therefore it is the potential oppressor within that we must resist."
Any woman who has been wounded, betrayed, shunned, targeted or abused by another woman, can appreciate this engrossing and educational read. You will learn that you are not alone in your perceptions of rage and aggression by women towards other women and you are not, in fact, a misogynist by recognizing it. You might also understand more of your own tendencies or if not, those of the women who behave in these ways to other women.
I highly recommend this book to every woman - mothers give it to your daughters and granddaughters, your sisters and all the women you know. I highly recommend this book to every man because men also instinctively know there is something underneath the surface but don't always quite understand what that is. This book is not a condemnation of women though there were feminists who wanted no part of this book at its inception and actively discouraged the author in her attempt.
From the anthropological, sociological, psychiatric, and holistic, these are vitally important findings from more than thirty years of research. Bravo to Chesler for the tireless research which culminated in this book.
The crucial takeaway from this might very well be that this silence of woman's inhumanity against other women must be addressed first and foremost, it must be broken then addressed, before any expectation that mans inhumanity to woman can be repaired.
The book is great in first starting with the group dynamics in monkeys and other primates similar to humans, moving to girls and teenagers and then discussing the adult interactions. I was particualy moved by the story of an honor killing which was caused partly by a women's gossip. I agree that gossip can be really harmful and some people's advice saying just to ignore it undermines the damage that it can do to one's reputation and even one's life. I was a little disappointed that the author does not mention any strategies of how to deal and avoid such situations. She only describes all the harm that women's meanness and spitefulness can cause but never shows how we can avoid becoming victims of other women's envy and jealosity. One strategy that she mentions in one place in the book that some women employ is to try to remove the object of envy that makes other women jealous. The author does not necessarily approves of it but is this the only possible way? Is it possible not to be afraid to be happy, successful, and strive to become a better person and achieve your goals while keeping your women friends and receiving their support that we all crave as a women?
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It resonated with my recent experiences of being backdstabbed at work by other women and experiencing all of the women's spitefulness described in the book (gossip, loss of career opportunities, isolation etc.). I do not think that I am the type of person who causes this type of cruelties although the author mentions women doing it and having an amnesia about it. However, I wish I knew a way of protecting yourself without becoming one of those people who forms cliques, exludes others, gossips and sabotages a girl behind her back.