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432 pages, Hardcover
First published February 26, 2019
This is the tale of 1887 that most chose to forget.
The poor were judged to be lazy and immoral paupers who refused to do honest work and bred bastards and enormous families while “living off handouts.”
Jack the Ripper killed prostitutes, or so it has always been believed, but there is no hard evidence to suggest that three of his five victims were prostitutes at all.
"[...] we have figuratively stepped over the bodies of those he murdered, and in some cases, stopped to kick them as we walked past."
At its very core, the story of Jack the Ripper is a narrative of a killers deep, abiding hatred of women. Our cultural obsession with the mythology surrounding Jack the Ripper only serves to normalise its particular brand of misogyny. We've grown so comfortable with these stories - the unfathomable male killer - that we've failed to recognise that he continues to walk among us."
"In order to gawk at this figure of malevolence, we have stepped over, and in some cases, figuratively kicked, the corpses of the women he killed.
In order to gawp at and examine this master of malevolence we have figuratively stepped over the bodies of those he murdered, and in some cases stopped to kick them as we walked past.
They were regarded as less important than their brothers and more of a burden on the world than their wealthier female counterparts. They would never earn the income of a man; therefore, their education was of less importance. What work they could secure was designed to help support their families. If a husband, father, or partner left or died, a working-class woman with dependents would find it almost impossible to survive. The structure of society ensured that a woman without a man was superfluous. A woman’s entire function was to support men, and if the roles of their male family members were to support the roles and needs of men wealthier than them, then the women at the bottom were driven like piles deeper and harder into the ground in order to bear the weight of everyone else’s demands.