Woman's Inhumanity to Woman

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2009 - Social Science - 576 pages
Drawing on the most important studies in psychology, human aggression, anthropology, and primatology, and on hundreds of original interviews conducted over a period of more than 20 years, this groundbreaking treatise urges women to look within and to consider other women realistically, ethically, and kindly and to forge bold and compassionate alliances. Without this necessary next step, women will never be liberated. Detailing how women's aggression may not take the same form as men's, this investigation reveals—through myths, plays, memoir, theories of revolutionary liberation movements, evolution, psychoanalysis, and childhood development—that girls and women are indeed aggressive, often indirectly and mainly toward one another. This fascinating work concludes by showing that women depend upon one another for emotional intimacy and bonding, and exclusionary and sexist behavior enforces female conformity and discourages independence and psychological growth.
 

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"Women are sexists too" is the not-very-surprising thesis of this reference-packed tome from psychologist, feminist, and author Chesler (Letters to a Young Feminist, 1998, etc.).While male crimes ... Read full review

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Second Wave feminists have for 30-plus years operated under the assumption that sisterhood is powerful. Indeed, women acting in concert have forced society to redefine gender, domestic relations, and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Female of the Species
35
2 Indirect Aggression Among Girls and Teenagers
78
3 Womans Sexism
124
4 The MotherDaughter Relationship in Fairy Tale Myth and Greek Tragedy
167
5 Some Psychoanalytic Views of the MotherDaughter Relationship
206
6 The Good Enough Mother and Her Persecution of the Good Enough Daughter
239
7 Sisters and the Search for Best Friends
288
8 Women in the Workplace
335
9 Women in Groups
390
10 Psychological Ethics
436
Endnotes
492
References
503
Index
537
About the Author
552
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Phyllis Chesler, author of eighteen books and thousands of articles and speeches, is also an emerita professor of psychology and women's studies at City University of New York, a psychotherapist, and an expert courtroom witness. She is cofounder of the Association for Women in Psychology and the National Women's Health Network, a charter member of the Women's Forum and the Veteran Feminists of America, and a founder and board member of the International Committee for the Women of the Wall. She lives in Manhattan.

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