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Lit Review - "Legalising Misandry"

The second part of a series, Legalizing Misandry looks at the ways in which popularised misandry can become entrenched in legislation and policy.

The first part of the series "Spreading Misandry" is looked at elsewhere and some of those comments are also applicable here.

Obviously, from the spelling, you know the book concerns itself with North America. That's not a criticism, obviously, just a fact, but it is often used to dismiss the book itself by saying " well, things are different over here". While this is true, it's a distraction from the book's motivation for two reasons.
Firstly, things are not so different "over here". Much as we would like to consider ourselves unique and special like little green snowflakes, the truth is that English speaking western countries have a great many similarities and historical connections. In short, we are more similar than different. This is North America, we're talking about, and to deny the special connectedness with Ireland would be foolish. Having said that, yes, it's true that our laws are not the same, but they are similar in principle (more similar than, say the laws of Saudi Arabia, for example).

Secondly, the book's motivation is not to show misandry within the legal system, but more to look at how it got there. Connections are made between significant events and the impact these have on popular opinion. Laws are not carved in stone by divine will but simply reflect contemporary consensus based on solid principles. What's great about our modern democracy is that both elements must be satisfied (principle and consensus) before laws come into being. In this way, even one person (in theory) may successfully argue for change if a principle is undermined, even if the majority disagrees. It's this ability to challenge things which has made western culture so successful. I'm off point again, oh dear...

The point to bear in mind is not the specifics referred to in the book, but the general principles. Specifics are obviously different in Ireland, but are they so different that we cannot draw parallels?
I would say not.

It is a big chunk of a book (6 page intro, 326 pages main text, 166 pages of appendices, 158 pages of reference notes). The appendices at the back are actually more like short essays which can be read independantly by dipping in and out, having a chew and a think. Similarly, the chapter titles are self-explanatory and broken into digestible subcategories. Almost every chapter elicits a recognizable parallel in Irish Society.

There is a huge amount of information here and while the writing can be tedious at times (sometimes reading more like a shopping list than literature), it's a great reference book and definitely worth a read

Here are some other reviews of Legalizing Misandry on amazon.
Here is a list of recommended books if you need something for the weekend.
 

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