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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  135 ratings  ·  17 reviews
In this collection of stinging essays Joan Smith explores the phenomenon of women-hating in politics, religion, history, literature, and popular culture on both sides of the Atlantic. A fascinating collection from the mind of a scholar, educator, and observer of our society, MISOGYNIES will make readers of both genders wonder more about the excuses for hatred of women we c ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published March 10th 1992 by Ballantine Books (first published April 30th 1990)
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Written in 1989, this book was partly inspired, Smith says, by the Yorkshire Ripper case. Her report on and analysis of the story is the final essay in this collection, and draws together some of its general themes. In trying to explain why men hate, blame, assault, rape and murder women, Smith looks for misogyny in many places, including classical Athens, where women were not allowed out of the house, in the writers of classicists (the 'Women in Togas' essay deals amusingly with the invisibilit ...more
Larry Bassett
Misogyny: A hatred of women.
This is a book about lies – the lies men tell about women.

This book is negative and difficult for a man to read. It rips apart some movies that I have seen and books that I have read. Joan Smith makes me doubt my own awareness and feminism and leaves me knowing I have a lot to learn. I have lived my entire life in a world that not only discriminates against women but actually denigrates them. Angry books like this can jar me out of my complacency.

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Apr 22, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I read both feminist books by Joan Smith in college (Mysogynies and Different for Girls). While not the best feminist books out there - they're easily accessible to the reader, and have important concepts in an easy-to-grasp format.
Joanna Darrell
I downloaded this book for my kindle after listening to a recording of Joan for some research I was doing and I'm so pleased I did. Not only does it give an excellent appraisal of women's representation in a number of fields, including politics, arts and media but the questions it asks and answers or at least insight it provides make a fascinating read. If you care about women, their equality, justice and freedom of expression, this is a book to engage with and absorb. Best of all it does it in ...more
Ang Quine
I bought this book to read about the feminist take on the Yorkshire Ripper case. That was just one short chapter. The book was otherwise made up of very selective examples of misogyny from throughout history. I didn't feel much of it was relevant to life now and much of the author's opinions left a nasty taste in my mouth. Some good ideas, but a lot of huge and irrelevant leaps to paint a picture of a world full to bursting with misogyny which just doesn't ring true. I would have preferred to re ...more
Blunt. Well written. And still relevant. An ambitious exploration in the patterns of violence against women.
It is really quite depressing how 25 years later this book is still relevant and vital reading. Some of the specifics may have changed but the misogyny is still there. My parenting is often hit and miss but I do so hope that I have not brought up two boy who hate women.
Heeft mijn denken over feminisme (en man-vrouwverhoudingen in het algemeen) compleet veranderd. Basistheorie.
Laura Cooper
It is of it's time, as it begins and ends with the misogyny of the Yorkshire Ripper, which is less relevant to younger readers, but misogynistic murder sadly is not of it's time. But it is a series of good, sharp essays on the innumerable ways that misogyny has manifested in Western Society, from the Roman era to Catholicism to Hollywood. A good introduction to what feminism is countering.
Interesting ideas but lots of generalisations about the attitudes of men.
Really Really interesting. I skipped a couple essays but mostly they were eye-opening and awful, particularly as it was written in the 1980s/90s and many "misogynies" are still prevalent today.
But good. And good lucid writing.
Karli (Typographical Era)
A book of essays, joan smith really sheds light on the realsim and history of crimes against women. It is not for the faint of heart, but any feminist will learn from it.
Rosie Powell
While I didn't agree with all of Smith's views, I found her essays very enlightening and grounding. An important book for anyone to read I think.
Interesting views on loads of aspects of life. Helped me to see things a bit differently, though didn't go along with her all the time.
Interesting, and overall well-supported. A bit uber-feministic at times.
good view on every aspect of human, on how women is looking at
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Joan Alison Smith is an English novelist, journalist and human rights activist, who is a former chair of the Writers in Prison committee in the English section of International PEN. In 2003 she was offered the MBE for her services to PEN, but refused the award. Joan Smith is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.
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