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Bestselling author and feminist scholar Marilyn French has written a shocking and fascinating analysis of the history of women's political, cultural, physical, and economic repression that is as controversial as it is utterly convincing. In this stunning work of resarch, Ms. French creates a devastating portrait of today's male-dominated global society, with its underlying Bestselling author and feminist scholar Marilyn French has written a shocking and fascinating analysis of the history of women's political, cultural, physical, and economic repression that is as controversial as it is utterly convincing. In this stunning work of resarch, Ms. French creates a devastating portrait of today's male-dominated global society, with its underlying aim of destroying, subjugating, or mutilating women. Here is a devastating indictment of our values and an important step toward an urgent public discussion of human morality.


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Bestselling author and feminist scholar Marilyn French has written a shocking and fascinating analysis of the history of women's political, cultural, physical, and economic repression that is as controversial as it is utterly convincing. In this stunning work of resarch, Ms. French creates a devastating portrait of today's male-dominated global society, with its underlying Bestselling author and feminist scholar Marilyn French has written a shocking and fascinating analysis of the history of women's political, cultural, physical, and economic repression that is as controversial as it is utterly convincing. In this stunning work of resarch, Ms. French creates a devastating portrait of today's male-dominated global society, with its underlying aim of destroying, subjugating, or mutilating women. Here is a devastating indictment of our values and an important step toward an urgent public discussion of human morality.

30 review for The War Against Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    RB

    I read this book the first time when I was enrolled at a Gender Studies course at the University of Copenhagen. Sadly, this book is still very relevant today. It should be read by every one, especially if you are female and living in the Middle East or in the United States of America. The extreme right turn, and with the consequent denial of women's rights to their own bodies) that is happening in several American states today is frightening, the American government needs to wake up. I hope that I read this book the first time when I was enrolled at a Gender Studies course at the University of Copenhagen. Sadly, this book is still very relevant today. It should be read by every one, especially if you are female and living in the Middle East or in the United States of America. The extreme right turn, and with the consequent denial of women's rights to their own bodies) that is happening in several American states today is frightening, the American government needs to wake up. I hope that someone will pass this book on to Obama and his administration so they can put a stop to it. I'm definitely happy to be a female Dane living in the Netherlands.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Ideiosepius

    OK. I tried my best with this one but I am giving up. A lot of the facts are good, there is obviously a lot of research in there especially in the industrial revolution onward and I actually do agree with many of the points being made. I do not think however that the author has a good understanding of prehistory, and it is unstated but quite clear that much of what is said about this period is the personal opinion of the author with no supporting archaeological facts. Unfortunately, in my opinion OK. I tried my best with this one but I am giving up. A lot of the facts are good, there is obviously a lot of research in there especially in the industrial revolution onward and I actually do agree with many of the points being made. I do not think however that the author has a good understanding of prehistory, and it is unstated but quite clear that much of what is said about this period is the personal opinion of the author with no supporting archaeological facts. Unfortunately, in my opinion, this book reads more than a little like hate literature and this is why I will not be finishing it at present. It is of course strongly polarised to a feminist viewpoint but I think it has taken it to such an extreme that a large proportion of cultural understanding is lost. Minimising a culture to ‘male’ and ‘female’ as a way of emphasising specific issues I understand, but here the minimisation is extended to the point where the social conclusions are often meaningless. The viewpoint is also unremittingly American, I think the author makes an attempt to incorporate other cultures but I see no true understanding of actual differences in society; it is all simplified down to ‘male’ and ‘female’. I might pick this book up again one day but only if I am in the mood to be browbeaten for a while.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    At once dated and still revelent, this is a book where you find yourself reading closely and then skimming parts. I wonder, for instance, how the bits about Zimbabwe if have gotten worse considering. I also, quite frankly, what to point out some bits. (1) Rap music, today, one could agrue gets far more "censorship" attacks than rock, but in the 1990s, it was Rock music as well as rap. (2) I have no idea what she is talking about when she goes on, at length, about women not being out on the street At once dated and still revelent, this is a book where you find yourself reading closely and then skimming parts. I wonder, for instance, how the bits about Zimbabwe if have gotten worse considering. I also, quite frankly, what to point out some bits. (1) Rap music, today, one could agrue gets far more "censorship" attacks than rock, but in the 1990s, it was Rock music as well as rap. (2) I have no idea what she is talking about when she goes on, at length, about women not being out on the streets during the day because unlike men the women are working. Um, really? Because it never looked that way to me. Okay, maybe the women aren't in the bars, but maybe, just maybe, that has more to do with the fact that women need to worry about what gets added to their drinks? This ties in with French's thesis, but doesn't get a mention. (3) She explains why it is understandable that Louis Farrakhan is racist but then questions why he is anti-semitic. So dated in places, off topic in others, yet still an important read, especially when looking at the treatment of women in culture.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anusha Jayaram

    I am all for feminism, gender equality and protection for the weak. While there is much to be written on a topic such as this, The War Against Women is a work of paranoia. The author does cite genuine instances of crimes against women (as if there were any dearth of those). But she also construes every little thing said or done by most people as an affront to womanhood. Uncalled for. In one word, "hyper"! I am all for feminism, gender equality and protection for the weak. While there is much to be written on a topic such as this, The War Against Women is a work of paranoia. The author does cite genuine instances of crimes against women (as if there were any dearth of those). But she also construes every little thing said or done by most people as an affront to womanhood. Uncalled for. In one word, "hyper"!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    Though the book came out in 1991, the points it makes are still valid today. It is amazing how little progress has been made in the intervening 18 years. Women still lack parity in employment, status and, unfortunately, even under the eyes of the law.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Mishap

    From 1990, an ambitious attempt to identify, in a global context, the wars waged on women in this patriarchal era. Sobering, enraging, and important, this book should be shoved in the face of anyone who dismisses the notion of male oppression of women.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chrissie

    Horrifying, enraging, very thorough and detailed account of patriarchy. Somewhat outdated now 20 years later. It would be wonderful if someone put in the time and effort to update French's work and could give an accurate account of today's state of affairs for women. Wonderful resource and a book every woman should read. Horrifying, enraging, very thorough and detailed account of patriarchy. Somewhat outdated now 20 years later. It would be wonderful if someone put in the time and effort to update French's work and could give an accurate account of today's state of affairs for women. Wonderful resource and a book every woman should read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Marilyn French is an amazing woman!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suveera

    THIS 1992 BOOK ENTITLED "THE WAR AGAINST WOMEN" BY FEMINIST AUTHOR/SCHOLAR MARILYN FRENCH IS A DEVASTATINGLY ACCURATE, TRUTHFUL PORTRAYAL AND EYE-OPENING ANALYSIS ABOUT THE SHOCKINGLY HEARTBREAKING ATROCITIES FACED BY ALL WOMEN FROM MEN IN PRACTICALLY ALL SPHERES OF LIFE - WHETHER THEY BE RELIGIOUS, NATIONAL, POLITICAL, LINGUISTIC, ETC. ALL WOMEN ARE TREATED AS SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS WITH ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHTS AND THE REAL SECRET OF MEN IS THEIR UNDYING NEED FOR ABSOLUTE CONTROL AND DOMINATION OVER THIS 1992 BOOK ENTITLED "THE WAR AGAINST WOMEN" BY FEMINIST AUTHOR/SCHOLAR MARILYN FRENCH IS A DEVASTATINGLY ACCURATE, TRUTHFUL PORTRAYAL AND EYE-OPENING ANALYSIS ABOUT THE SHOCKINGLY HEARTBREAKING ATROCITIES FACED BY ALL WOMEN FROM MEN IN PRACTICALLY ALL SPHERES OF LIFE - WHETHER THEY BE RELIGIOUS, NATIONAL, POLITICAL, LINGUISTIC, ETC. ALL WOMEN ARE TREATED AS SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS WITH ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHTS AND THE REAL SECRET OF MEN IS THEIR UNDYING NEED FOR ABSOLUTE CONTROL AND DOMINATION OVER WOMEN, AND MEN HAVE CLEVERLY DEVISED ALL SORTS OF MEANS TO ACHIEVE THEIR SECRET AGENDA OF SUBORDINATION AGAINST AND OVER ALL WOMEN. THE FEMINIST REVIVAL REVEALS ALL THIS WITHIN THIS MUST-READ BOOK BY ALL WOMEN WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND WOMEN'S LEGAL STATUS BECAUSE THIS BOOK LAYS BARE THE SECRET DECISIONS AND DIRTY MISSIONS OF MEN AGAINST WOMEN. THIS BOOK IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND SHOULD BE QUOTED OFTEN AS WELL. AS A WOMAN OF EAST INDIAN ETHNIC DESCENT, I CAN PERSONALLY VOUCH AND PROVIDE TESTIMONY ABOUT THE ALREADY-KNOWN ATROCITIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THE BOOK AGAINST INDIAN WOMEN AND THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY 100% TRUE, SINCE I'VE LIVED AND EXPERIENCED ALMOST ALL, IF NOT ALL, THE DEFINED AND DISCUSSED ATROCITIES AGAINST INDIAN WOMEN WITHIN THE BOOK. I WAS EQUALLY SHOCKED ABOUT CERTAIN NEW ASPECTS OF MALE AGGRESSION AGAINST WOMEN I NEVER KNEW ABOUT UNTIL I READ THIS BOOK. IN CONCLUSION, REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, NATIONALITY, ALL MEN ARE DESTROYING WOMEN EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME WITH THEIR AGGRESSIVE NATURE USING EVIL THOUGHTS, ABUSIVE WORDS, HURTFUL ACTIONS IN BOTH THE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIVES. WOMEN NEED TO SPEAK OUT AND EXPOSE THEIR PAINFUL PASTS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT SOME SICK MEN DO NOT CONTINUE THEIR PERSONAL WAR AGAINST WOMEN ANYMORE. P.S. ON A PERSONAL ENDNOTE, I AM A DOMESTIC ABUSE VIOLENCE SURVIVOR, REDEEMED BY MY RELIGION FAITH AND THE UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT OF MY ENTIRE BLOOD FAMILY. AUTHOR = MS. SUVEERA AMIN.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alleydancer07

    This book would have received more stars had the overbearing opinions of the author not tainted the facts presented; every author has certain biases, Ms French happens to trumpet hers throughout what is supposed to be an informative research book. The facts presented were, as far as I could tell, not tweaked, but the overwhelming colour of the language used throughout the book made it less than desireable to quote when doing research.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marlaina

    This was an amaizng read about how women are still being repressed in every country including U.S.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bastian Greshake Tzovaras

    A quick read giving you about all the reasons why what should be ~50% of humanity are fucked over by the men time and again, including the reasons why in terms of numbers they are less than 50%…

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    How truthful. Fact packed book. We are in danger of losing all our mothers and grandmothers fought for in ages passed. Yet there are women who believe we don't need to fight any more. Any way this is a great women's study book. But if I'm allowed to go on my soap box will self destruct in 24 hours. So I'll shut up now. Just read it okay! How truthful. Fact packed book. We are in danger of losing all our mothers and grandmothers fought for in ages passed. Yet there are women who believe we don't need to fight any more. Any way this is a great women's study book. But if I'm allowed to go on my soap box will self destruct in 24 hours. So I'll shut up now. Just read it okay!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen

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  15. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Noble

    Another book that is definitely of its time. The author makes points that are still valid today and I learned some things I wasn't aware of growing up in the 80s and 90s, but it feels dated. Plus I really don't recognise the men I grew up with and worked with in the descriptions of men the author gives. Things really aren't that black and white. Rating: 3 stars. Another book that is definitely of its time. The author makes points that are still valid today and I learned some things I wasn't aware of growing up in the 80s and 90s, but it feels dated. Plus I really don't recognise the men I grew up with and worked with in the descriptions of men the author gives. Things really aren't that black and white. Rating: 3 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Petra Hallberg

    Cant even remember reading this one

  17. 5 out of 5

    C.

    Excellent, succinct overview.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Triin

    Brilliant book. It's from 1990's, a lot has changed and a lot hasn't since then. I could have added so much more, but I learned a lot also! Brilliant book. It's from 1990's, a lot has changed and a lot hasn't since then. I could have added so much more, but I learned a lot also!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Es un libro muy directo y no se anda con tapujos. Me gusta como expone todo, mostrando la cruda realidad. Algunas cosas las conocía, en mayor o menor detalle, otras me las imaginaba o podía suponer que ocurrían. Pero hay cosas que se me escapaban (como los diferentes tipos de mutilización genital, que pensé que solo existía un tipo. Iluso de mí). Da rabia, tristeza e impotencia. Me gustaría ser optimista y decir que las cosas han cambiado, han mejorado, que el libro se publicó hace ya sus 30 año Es un libro muy directo y no se anda con tapujos. Me gusta como expone todo, mostrando la cruda realidad. Algunas cosas las conocía, en mayor o menor detalle, otras me las imaginaba o podía suponer que ocurrían. Pero hay cosas que se me escapaban (como los diferentes tipos de mutilización genital, que pensé que solo existía un tipo. Iluso de mí). Da rabia, tristeza e impotencia. Me gustaría ser optimista y decir que las cosas han cambiado, han mejorado, que el libro se publicó hace ya sus 30 años aprox. Pero desgraciadamente, muchos problemas que menciona no han cambiado en absoluto. La mayoría de los que describe como que estaban empezando a surgir como respuesta al feminismo no están más que en auge en nuestros tiempos. Otras simplemente más visibles, aunque siempre han estado ahí (como las violaciones en pandilla, o "manada"). Es desalentador ver el pensamiento tan retrogrado y enfermizo, la hostilidad y el rechazo de tanta gente a un movimiento que busca el bienestar de todo el mundo. Yo vivo en España y hablo desde el punto de vista occidental del Norte Global, donde las cosas se supone que están "mejor" (mucha gente que desacredita el feminismo en Europa usa el argumento de "¿qué más queréis? Si ya lo tenéis todo, el feminismo de ahora es puro capricho, nada que ver con la real de hace 100 años que luchaba contra problemas de verdad..."). Quizá en occidente lo que ha pasado es que se ha reducido, cambiado el pensamiento en gran medida, pero el machismo sigue latente y ocurre de puertas para adentro, puesto que se recibe con gran criticismo cualquier comentario fuera de lugar contra cualquier minoría, pero sigue habiendo mucha violencia doméstica, violaciones, comentarios innecesarios por la calle, discriminación quizá más sutil... Por ejemplo, el caso reciente de un señor del congreso de los Estados Unidos de América que insultó a las puertas del Capitolio a AOC, una compañera del congreso y la persona más sensata en el mundo político estadounidense ahora mismo, bajo mi punto de vista. O las violaciones en grupo de España (las llamadas "Manada"). El persistente acoso, sea escolar, en el trabajo o por la calle. Sobre todo, con el Internet (cosa que aún era joven cuando se escribió el libro) se han visto nuevas herramientas que tiene el patriarcado y el machismo para librar la guerra contra la mujer y, en general. las minorías de la sociedad. Por ejemplo, el hackeo y la subida de material íntimo de famosas, o los pedofilos 'disfrazados', o amenazas de ex parejas de subir también material íntimo bien como forma de venganza o de chantaje (han habido casos tanto de mujeres jóvenes como adultas, de hecho, el año pasado una mujer que trabajaba en una fábrica se suicido al difundirse un vídeo suyo íntimo por toda la plantilla de su trabajo)... veo más problemas sociales que legales hoy día, pero sigue muy arraigado en nuestra sociedad, el machismo y los problemas del patriarcado. La guerra continua. Hay pequeñas victorias, pero si se sigue con la misma lentitud que con la lucha contra el cambio climático, nos vamos a extinguir como especie antes de que la guerra contra la mujer acabe.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gaby

    The book is very informative and explains the real struggles of women throughout history and around the world in their quest for better treatment and egalitarian conditions. At times crude, citing concrete evidence of government as well as individual alienation of females from worship, work and domestic arenas the book is as current today as it was at the time of printing in 1992. Perhaps the following paragraph towards the end of the book better summarizes the entire message: ‘While men strut and The book is very informative and explains the real struggles of women throughout history and around the world in their quest for better treatment and egalitarian conditions. At times crude, citing concrete evidence of government as well as individual alienation of females from worship, work and domestic arenas the book is as current today as it was at the time of printing in 1992. Perhaps the following paragraph towards the end of the book better summarizes the entire message: ‘While men strut and fret their hour upon the stage, shout in bars and sports arenas, thump their chests or show their profiles in the legislatures, and explode incredible weapons in an endless contest for status, an obsessive quest for symbolic “proof” of their superiority, women quietly keep the world going. Women know that men will not do this, that either they do the job or it will not be done. They grow or buy, they carry and prepare food for the essential, inevitably, necessarily female-prepared dinner; they give birth to the children and feed them and bathe them and hold them and teach them and hope they will survive. They encourage their men, nurture them, soothe them, nag them, hoping they too will survive and help the children to survive. They do not -as a caste- want the same things men want, and so different are the motivations driving the two sexes that men shake their heads wondering “what do women want?” Women know what men want-but they too shake their heads.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gizem

    Her ne kadar kisisel gorusunu ileri tasiyip her kulturel imgeyi erkeklerin kadina olan nefretine baglamaya calismis olsa da yazar buyuk feminizm tarihine iliskin carpici anekdotlar aktarmis. Buyuk bir arastirmanin emegi oldugu goz ardi edilemez. Okurken tuylerimin diken diken oldugu bolumler oldu, feminizm tarihine ilgi duymami sagladi diyebilirim bu kitap icin. Kuskusuz bu konu uzerine okumaya devam edicem. Bunun disinda dedigim gibi yazilanlara katiliyorum bazi noktalarda fanatizme varan tespi Her ne kadar kisisel gorusunu ileri tasiyip her kulturel imgeyi erkeklerin kadina olan nefretine baglamaya calismis olsa da yazar buyuk feminizm tarihine iliskin carpici anekdotlar aktarmis. Buyuk bir arastirmanin emegi oldugu goz ardi edilemez. Okurken tuylerimin diken diken oldugu bolumler oldu, feminizm tarihine ilgi duymami sagladi diyebilirim bu kitap icin. Kuskusuz bu konu uzerine okumaya devam edicem. Bunun disinda dedigim gibi yazilanlara katiliyorum bazi noktalarda fanatizme varan tespitler var. Kisinin kendi suzgecinden gecirmesine kalmis cok da onyargili olmamak lazim diye dusunuyorum. Bir kadin olarak tespitlerinin bir coguna hak veriyorum.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Om jag hade vetat hur mycket jag skulle tycka om den här boken hade den inte behövt stå så länge i bokhyllan! French går igenom olika områden - konst, politik, hemmet, arbetsplatser etc - där kvinnor konsekvent nedvärderas, mördas, sexualiseras, undermineras av män. Mycket hade jag läst tidigare men aldrig tidigare samlat på ett och samma ställe. Boken kom på engelska 1992 (?) och min svenska utgåva är från 1994 - och ändå har så väldigt lite hänt sedan dess. Det känns lite nedslående.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aleesa

    This is the book that started me on the road to transforming from vaguely feminist-ish to a true radical feminist. I happened upon it in a used bookstore almost 20 years ago and consumed it in a day. It's depressing to look at the reality of women's condition, but it is necessary. If we dare not look, how can we take steps to remedy the situation? This book says, "LOOK! And don't you dare turn away." This is the book that started me on the road to transforming from vaguely feminist-ish to a true radical feminist. I happened upon it in a used bookstore almost 20 years ago and consumed it in a day. It's depressing to look at the reality of women's condition, but it is necessary. If we dare not look, how can we take steps to remedy the situation? This book says, "LOOK! And don't you dare turn away."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lex

    Some of the statements presented as fact in this book are misleading and some are outright false. While I agree with many of French’s observations, I was seeking a book with more evidence and analysis.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fadillah

    This is such an amazing read. The book came out in 1991, yet the points she's making in the book is still relevant. Patriarchy still rooted deeply in society, toxic masculinity still heavily influenced the community's thinking and feminism still considered by 'some men' as an evil force that needed to be taken out. Overall, French's writing is backed by facts and cases to support the points she made in this. Feminism has evolved ever since especially now and the struggle of the idea to make wome This is such an amazing read. The book came out in 1991, yet the points she's making in the book is still relevant. Patriarchy still rooted deeply in society, toxic masculinity still heavily influenced the community's thinking and feminism still considered by 'some men' as an evil force that needed to be taken out. Overall, French's writing is backed by facts and cases to support the points she made in this. Feminism has evolved ever since especially now and the struggle of the idea to make women and men are equal still considered radical. If Marilyn french is still alive, i'm sure the updated version will come out and more critical analysis will be added in the book. This is easily 5 stars for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen-Leigh

    1992 and women still striving to matter. Reading this in 2018 and seeing we have made no real progress at all...same shit...different day. Latest news has familiar infighting in women`s movement that will derail it and keep women an oppressed group for another forty years. 1992 and women still striving to matter. Reading this in 2018 and seeing we have made no real progress at all...same shit...different day. Latest news has familiar infighting in women`s movement that will derail it and keep women an oppressed group for another forty years.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eva Nilsen

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