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Woman's Inhumanity to Womanby Phyllis Chesler
Synopses & Reviews
Includes bibliographical references (p. 503-536) and index.
"'Women are sexists too' is the not-very-surprising thesis of this reference-packed tome....Although this often seems a vehicle for Chesler to vent her personal injuries, she has done her homework....The material is familiar, but feminists and sexists alike should find the package challenging." Kirkus Reviews
"Chesler draws her evidence from interviews with an unspecified group of women with horror stories: backstabbing by feminist colleagues, sadistic gynecologists, battering lesbians, etc. Needless to say, her book sometimes comes off as quite cynical, despite her claim that 'I would like women to treat each other in good ways.'" Publishers Weekly
"Chesler offers astute literary criticism....Women readers will recognize their own experiences in Chesler's examples." Deborah Tannen, The Washington Post
"[F]ascinating, resonant, and unsettling....[A] groundbreaking look at how women perpetuate oppression. Anthropological, biological, literary, and sociological theories are also tapped, giving the book added heft. Although the text is somewhat repetitious and self-congratulatory, it is highly recommended..." Library Journal
The bestselling author of Women and Madness offers a revolutionary look at aggressive relationships between women of all ages that continues the dialogue of recent bestsellers Odd Girl Out and Queen Bees and Wannabees. Includes a new Introduction by the author.
Table of Contents
The animal within : the female of the species — Indirect aggression among girls and teenagers — Woman's sexism — The mother-daughter relationship in fairy tale, myth, and Greek tragedy — Some psychoanalytic views of the mother-daughter relationship — The "good enough" mother and her persecution of the "good enough" daughter — Sisters and the search for best friends — Women in the workplace — Women in groups — Psychological ethics.
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