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|Dear Mr. Holland, Dear Family,
I must thank you the manus vindex of your Gaius Svetonius Paulinus, because it respected the memory of our beloved Agrippina.
I think she's proud to receive that honour from an Irish man, because she loved Celtic World.
"Druid Time" is really a gem. Thank you Jack.
Added: November 21, 2006
|Elizabeth Carville (Nee Murray
|Well Done Mary and Jenny
We are all so happy that Jacks book was finally published which me and Brian throughly enjoyed reading. The website gives us the opportunity to look back and remember uncle Jack and his work.
Enjoyed our recent visit to New York, but felt a bit was missing because Jack would have been our own personal tour guide. New York will always be a special place for us. Will send u pics of baby Rio and Brooklyn. PS: Thanks for lovely presents for Baby Rio. Elizabeth and Brian Carville XXX
Added: November 12, 2006
From: Ventura County, CA
|I just finished reading 'Misogyny', and I must say that it is one of the most powerful works I have ever read, and one of the best-documented. It should be required reading for all high school students and/or become a textbook for a mandatory lower-division college course on the history of women for all students, male and female.
There is just one fault that I could find with Mr. Holland's theory and exegesis of misogyny. In the last chapter, where he attempts to offer reasons for the existence of misogyny, I was waiting for an explanation far more fundamental than the one he gave, which perhaps he missed because he had never personally experienced misogyny himself: misogyny exists because it can. Men hurt women because they can, and that largely with impunity. Why? It's the enormous difference in physical strength that is always the elephant in the room with men and women.
Am I the only one to have noticed that the historical trends toward more enlightened, egalitarian treatment of women in the West from about the 18th century on are also contemporaneous with the advancements in the engineering of action-at-a-distance weapons (specifically, firearms) to make them smaller and lighter, and therefore as easily used and concealed by women as by men? That advancement gave women some hope for self-defense against men's physical advantage. Technology was not a cure for misogyny, but it was a palliative that we still find in use today.
The temptation to abuse the weak is also found in man's relationships with animals. Male primates assert dominance, but their battles for it are with other males, not with females. Perhaps it is some "bent" gene which ca** human males, unlike primate males, to do battle for dominance with females as well as with other males. I have to ask if men perceive threats from women where they do not exist in reality. Perhaps this bizarre trait, which seems to threaten survival of the species when carried to its most extreme (as with the Taliban, for example), is genetic baggage that humans had to carry on their evolutionary pathway to unequalled intelligence and global dominance. I would hate to think that misogyny is a mistake forever graven in our genetic code, but if it is, then fixing the mistake must be a priority for our science.
Added: October 29, 2006
From: Ontario, Canada
The book Mysogyny had caught my eye while rummaging through Coles bookstore. I was browsing through it for a few minutes when I was shocked to see it was written by a man. Overcome by curiosity, I decided to buy it. A man writing about mysogyny???? I was definitely skeptical! Needless to say, I couldn't put the book down. And my skepticism was unfounded - Jack Holland did a brilliant job in broadening my understanding of the history of mysogyny throughout history.
I'm saddened to hear there was resistance to have the book published and as well, to read about the death of the author. It renewed my hope that equality amongst genders is a fight that both women AND men have taken on.
Thank you to the family for their committment to see this book published. It was well worth the fight.
Added: October 25, 2006
|Ho aspettato tutto questo tempo per scriverti qualcosa di speciale, ma purtroppo lo scrittore eri tu. E´ stato un privilegio conoscerti e mi manca il tuo italiano che ti faceva diventare difficili le parole che invece eri capace di scrivere cosí bene. Sono contento di poterti ritrovare ogni tanto su questo sito. Ciao Mary,ciao Jenny
Added: October 19, 2006
From: Rego Park (Queens), NYC
|I bought two copies of the book, one for myself and one for my 23-year-old daughter (I told her to pass it around among her friends). It is a remarkable book, drawing together strands of so many disciplines, seemingly effortlessly. This book is a groundbreaking work that should be on the desks of all world leaders (not to mention quite a few ordinary men). After telling Irish author Edna O'Brien about the book at her first NYC appearance at Bryant Park, and seeing her positive response, I gave Ms. O'Brien my copy last night when she spoke at the 92nd Street Y. I think she can well appreciate the work of her countryman and I hope she spreads news of this book. In addition, yesterday Bob Herbert wrote a stunning column in The New York Times that honed in on misogyny with energy and outrage. I have now communicated to him that he must read Jack Holland's book, and I think he will. Thank you for making sure this seminal book is now available. It is already a classic, as I see it.
Added: October 17, 2006
From: Toronto Canada
|A thousand thanks to Mary Hudson and Jenny Holland for working to make Jack Holland's fine book, Misogyny, available. I chanced upon it yesterday at Indigo, and somehow could not pass by even though i knew i just didn't have time to read it. But it's not even twenty-four hours later, and i've read it, wept, shouted, laughed. I started in the middle, finished it, and only then went back to the beginning and discovered that it's an Irish sensibility that was speaking so directly and eloquently to me. I too have roots in Belfast and other parts of our beautiful Island. This book is a splendid addition to our nation's literature and scholarship.
Like a previous poster, i shall head back to the store and pick up as many copies as i can as gifts for friends.
Added: October 12, 2006
From: United States
|Often, writers' treatments of unpopular truths are veiled in apologies. Attempts to explain the why and how of deeply rooted, ancient prejudices and attitudes, concerning the female face of our human past, are not uncommon. Yet too often these attempts are subject to a writer's personal prejudices, and agendas. Rarely, are these attempts wholly objective.
Mr. Holland makes no apologies, nor does he attempt to justify what has been the historically recorded female experience, through the ages. He merely sets before us, Truth, with an eye toward objectivity, and a voice touched with humanity. I am convinced his book may well stand as one of the most important, enlightening works, of our time.
Added: October 10, 2006
From: Toronto, Canada
|Hello all at JackHlland.net!
I have just returned home from purchasing every copy of Misogyny off the shelf at my local Chapters/Indigo book store. These copies will be my Christmas gifts to friends this year. Yesterday I picked the book up for my self,reading quicly the back cover thinking "how important" and by the time I got home, read the introduction, I had decided I was going back to buy every copy to share with my friends & family. I, like Mr Hollands Daughter, have not ever felt the wrath of Misogyny directly, and my yogic personality rarely allows for rude behavior to have an effect on me. I do however feel a great connection to the woman who through out history and to this day, have had to cower helpless Hello all at JackHolland.net!
I have just returned home from purchasing every copy of Misogyny off the shelf at my local Chapters/Indigo book store. These copies will be my Christmas gifts to friends this year. Yesterday I picked the book up for my self, reading quickly the back cover thinking "how important" and by the time I got home, read the introduction, I had decided I was going back to buy every copy to share with my friends & family. I, like Mr Hollands Daughter, have not ever felt the wrath of Misogyny directly, and my yogic personality rarely allows for rude behavior to have an effect on me. I do however feel a great connection to the woman who through out history and to this day, have had to cower helpless in the shadows of hatred.
Thank you all for the opportunity to educate myself a little more.
Added: September 30, 2006
From: Queens NY
|Delighted to learn about this site, though I'm sad at the death that occasioned it. I met Jack a few times, brief encounters, really. I enjoyed his columns and insights on developments into life in Northern Ireland. He helped inspired hope, hope that has in good measure has come to fruition -- that the divide in NI can be bridged with greater understanding. Ger
Added: June 7, 2006