Woman's Inhumanity to Woman

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2009 - Psychology - 576 pages
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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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I liked the theme and her overall message, but I thought the style of writing was not that great. Also, I do not like how many personal anecdotes were shared; to me a scientific work should stay a bit ... Read full review

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Her last 10 pages of the book were groundbreaking and if you were expecting a self-help book; those pages would be the closest to it. Maybe I'm biased being a psychology major - but this book was ... 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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About the author (2009)

Phyllis Chesler is an emerita professor of psychology and women's studies, a psychotherapist, expert courtroom witness, and the author of twelve books including the ground-breaking international best-seller Women and Madness. She is the cofounder of the Association for Women in Psychology and the National Women's Health Network. Her archives reside at Duke University. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the O'Reilly Factor, Nightline, Washington Journal, the Today Show, the Judith Regan Show, Good Morning America, and NPR. She can be contacted at www.phyllis-chesler.com.

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