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by Vern L. Bullough,Brenda Shelton,Sarah Slavin

The Subordinated Sex traces the enduring, powerful legacy of male attitudes toward women, their sexuality, and their roles as wives and mothers. Traditionally the creators and chroniclers of opinion, men have until recently written a history that reflects only their own convictions and impressions--a history rarely punctuated by a female voice and founded on an almost universal belief in women's inferiority.

Acclaimed as a pioneering study when first published in 1973, Vern Bullough's work has since established itself as a standard in historical literature on women. Updated and revised with Sarah Slavin and Brenda Shelton, The Subordinated Sex is a vast survey ranging from prehistoric to contemporary times, examining a diversity of cultures, and taking into account writings from a great variety of sources. From a consideration of Babylonian legal codes to Victorian prescriptive medical pamphlets, medieval clerical treatises to Islamic erotic poetry, Bullough and his coauthors recount not only how men have portrayed women but also how they have justified their subordination of the opposite sex.

In recent years, women have successfully challenged males' self-designated role as gatekeepers of written records and have found within the past a more complete view of how women lived, what they thought, and what they achieved. By focusing, however, not on women's history but on the history of men's attitudes toward their female companions, The Subordinated Sex reveals, more than any other single work, the conditions that sparked the feminist movement and the reasons it must inspire a change in the lives of men as well as women.

Download The Subordinated Sex: A History of Attitudes Toward Women epub
ISBN: 0820310034
ISBN13: 978-0820310039
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Vern L. Bullough,Brenda Shelton,Sarah Slavin
Language: English
Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr; Revised edition (July 1, 1988)
Pages: 370 pages
ePUB size: 1829 kb
FB2 size: 1675 kb
Rating: 4.3
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A required read for a gender studies class. Great book. Great service by seller.
I am a feminist and also very interested in the philosophical, linguistic and psychological intentions and positions of various feminist theories.

This book reads like a high school history textbook, doing very little to consider the theoretical or historical considerations behind the cultures it examines. For example, 'In Egypt it was like this for women', next chapter 'In England it was like this'.

If you are just looking for a perspective on what was going on with women at various times and places, and can keep yourself interested, this isn't so bad. If you want an enjoyable read, look elsewhere.