Woman's Inhumanity to Woman

Woman's Inhumanity to Woman

Book - 2001
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Why 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
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press/Nation Books, c2001
ISBN: 9781560253518
1560253517
Branch Call Number: 302.54082 Che
Characteristics: 551 p

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TarynElisha
Aug 17, 2013

I loved this book! It was great to hear the reasoning behind female to female dynamics, I plan to buy it for my book collection.

ser_library Jun 16, 2010

more academic than readable but the anecdotes are thought provoking

the one point is repeated over the 551 pages

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