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Misogyny, Misandry and Misanthropy (1989) - R. Howard Bloch, Frances Ferguson (Editor) [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

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Hatred of women: “Every organized patriarchal religion works overtime to contribute its own brand of misogyny” (Robin Morgan). --American Heritage Dictionary

Misogyny is an exaggerated pathological aversion towards women. Misogyny is usually regarded as directed against women by some men, but women can also harbor misogynist views. In feminist theory, misogyny is recognised as a political ideology similar to racism or anti-semitism, existing to justify and reproduce the subordination of women by men.

Interestingly, in common usage the term "misogynist" can be applied to anyone who holds an unpopular or distasteful view about women as a group. Therefore it is quite possible for a man who is a great lover of women, with many female lovers, to be a "misogynist". --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misogyny [2004]

The pupil asked: What is a woman-hater?

The pupil asked: "What is a woman-hater?" The teacher answered: "I do not know. But the expression is used as a term of reproach by noodles, for those who say what all think. Noodles are those men who cannot come near a woman without losing their heads and becoming faithless. They purchase the woman's favour by delivering up the heads of their friends on silver chargers; and they absorb so much femininity, that they see with feminine eyes and feel with feminine feelings. There are things which one does not say every day, and one does not tell one's wife what her sex is composed of. But one has the right to put it on paper sometimes. Schopenhauer has done it the best, Nietzsche not badly, Joséphin Péladan is the master. Thackeray wrote Men’s Wives, but the book was ignored. Balzac unmasked Caroline in Physiologie du Mariage, and Petites Misères de la Vie Conjugale; Otto Weininger, having discovered the treachery when he was twenty, did not wait for the revenge but left the scene. -- August Strindberg in A Blue Book (1907 - 1912)

Misogyny, Misandry and Misanthropy (1989) - R. Howard Bloch, Frances Ferguson

Book Description
These essays, originally comprising an issue of Representations, explore the relation between gender, eroticism, and violence through close analysis of a range of both high and popular cultural forms, from R. Howard Bloch on medieval theology to Carol Clover on contemporary slasher films. Does misogyny differ from misandry? Can author intention be separated from social context? Do good women counterbalance or reenforce the misogyny of negative examples? Is an obsession with women itself misogynistic? These questions are approached from various angles by Joel Fineman, Charles Bernheimer, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Frances Ferguson, Naomi Schor and Gillian Brown. In sum, the authors detail not only the ways in which gender is represented, but also the changes to which representation subjects questions of sexual difference.

About the Author
R. Howard Bloch is Professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley. Frances Ferguson is Professor of English at The Johns Hopkins University.

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