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The Alphabet Versus the Goddess by Leonard Shlain
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Feb 02, 2008

it was amazing
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Read in July, 2006

** spoiler alert ** Really interesting, enlightening theory on literacy's influence on brain development and sexism.
Makes a lot of sense, an easy, very interesting read.

Explains why non-literate cultures were goddess worshipping and more egalitarian. Literacy sparks a shift in society to a dominant Left brain, resulting in forsaking many valuable feminine instincts/attributes/ways of thinking/attitudes,
especially causing mistreatment of women as a whole.

The historical evidence Schlain lines up makes a pretty compelling case. Look at almost any culture through out history before and after the advent of literacy and you almost always see a violent shift in attitudes towards women.

ie. Europe in the middle ages: printing press precedes the women's holocaust, when hundreds of thousands of women were burned.
Foot binding didn't start in china until after the printing press became widespread there.
The list goes on....
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