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Kamilla Vaski
From: British Columbia, Canada
E-mail: kfarm2001@yahoo.com
I also stumbled across 'Misogyny' in the bargain section of a Coles bookstore. I don't have much interest in most current feminist writing, because in its insistence on personal empowerment and an equality devoid of appreciation and respect for difference, it does not reflect the reality of women's experience throughout this world. In asserting equality between men and women, the reality of our heritage of thousands of years of experience as a species is ignored. This allows women to be oppressed even more successfully as their oppression is denied. It is especially disturbing when the word 'victim' is regularly used as a derogatory term. There seems to be such a cultivation of fear of being labelled a victim that people will deny the reality of their own experience.

Although he does not write from a socialist perspective, Jack Holland clearly shows that modern notions of equality between the sexes are tied to a culture of exploitation which really obscures the obstacles to women's freedom--other than the freedom to support and engage in exploitation themselves, which has always been a feature of misogyny. This is highly visible in the corporate mass media and in the business and legal worlds. Jack Holland is not alone among men who see this, though he is among a small number who have written explicitly about it. Very welcome is his appreciation of the differences between men and women, and the need to cherish those differences while acknowleging the need to overcome their use as tools of oppression.

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J. Shanks
From: Canada
E-mail: shaggy108@hotmail.com
I stumbled across a link to your site and immediately felt compelled to post a message, which I hope reaches the appropriate person. I must say "Misogyny" is one of the most important and enlightening books I have ever read. Here in Canada it is being marketed as part of the Carroll and Graf "Brief Histories" series, the titles of which are available at Chapters Indigo at a discounted price. The fact that I discovered "Misogyny" on the bargain rack seems a shame, but this may be a blessing in disguise as it is cheaply available and I have recommended it to numerous people - and in fact have purchased copies to give as gifts. It is a book that truly cries out to be read, and I thank you most sincerely for your efforts in seeing it published.
Added: May 25, 2007      Delete this entry
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Rob Cundari
From: Ontario, Canada
E-mail: cundari2003@hotmail.com
This book is truly an amazing place to begin research on the misogynistic tendencies of human history. This history screams at us for our recognition and our contempt.
Added: May 9, 2007      Delete this entry
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Joe Graham
From: Belfast. Ireland
Website: http://www.rushlightmagazine.com
E-mail: rushlight123@hotmail.com
I would just like to add my voice in tribute to your father, Jenny. I have never actually met him but he kidly phoned me many times and sent me clippings from the "Irish Echo" when he had gave my wee journal, "Rushlight The Belfast Magazine" here in Ireland a mention, he particularly enjoyed the ghost stories I would write and by the tone of his voice I could see he was enjoying, perhaps reliving his Belfast childhood days when as kids we would huddle in doorways in winter nights and see who could frighten each other the most with the latest legend we had just picked up from grandmother. Jack Holland was the greatest Belfast Ambassador in recent times, he had his fingers on the pulse of events in the north of Ireland. I have often thought what would have happened if a man of Jack's capabilities and principles had been the engine behind a local newspaper here in Belfast, the west in particular. It could be said that Jack was New York's gain but never could it be said he was Belfast's lose, for never was his heart or mind and more important his trusty sword,(pen)ever lacking to the call of the people he grew up among.Jack wil always be remembered and respected in Belfast.
Added: May 8, 2007      Delete this entry
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From: Ottawa, Ontario
E-mail: evelyn_boy@hotmail.com
I wanted to take this opportunity and pay my respects, however late, to a man who has greatly influenced my life in the past years that I have become familiar with his work. A gem amidst the sand is really all I can say to describe Mr. Holland. His latest work, "Misogyny: The Worlds Olderst Prejudice" has become, for me and the women that surround me, a bible from which to understand the oppressive structures and IDEAS that we experience on a day to day basis. Thank you, Mr. Holland. Your talent and insight is a loss for us all, but what remains of you will remain treasured.
Added: April 13, 2007      Delete this entry
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Frank Pollock Bean
From: Belfast, Ireland
E-mail: frank.bean@btopenworld.com


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Added: January 28, 2007      Delete this entry
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Shirley D Holland
From: USA
E-mail: sdholland@mindspring.com
I am family of Fred Holland b Belfast Northern Ireland 26 Dec 1874. He is the s/o of Joseph Holland and Mary Ann McCluskey/McClusky of Holland House, on Sandown. Fred Came to the USA in 1904 . Am praying that this Jack Holland may be a connection with this family of mine. sdholland@mindspring.com
Added: January 15, 2007      Delete this entry
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Fiona Marie Lewis
From: Exeter England
E-mail: f_m_lewis@yahoo.com


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Added: January 15, 2007      Delete this entry
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Colleen Goddard
From: Belfast once, Scotland now
E-mail: colleen@thefreckledfish.com
It's been ages since I had book tokens, so this xmas I wanted something 'special' to quench my feminist reading needs, and scanned the shelves for a 'decent' read. Bemoaning that there isn't usually a 'Feminist' section in general bookstores any more (and perhaps it's because it doesn't need to be, we're all so enlightened!Mmmm!)I went to Waterstones in Glasgow hoping the precious book tokens would be put to good use. Something worthy of such a generous gift from my mum who lives in Belfast still. And Jack Holland's book was like an old pal you haven't seen in a while, but someone you want to share a drink with, to catch up on all 'that's been happening' and to chat passionately with about pet subjects. So I'm dipping into it at train stations, the office, the bedroom, and the pub! A woman sitting by herself reading a book with a clear 'message', and enjoying the company immensely!

I was born in 1967, 20 years after Jack - and left Belfast only three years ago. I'm 40 this year, having grown up with 'the troubles' and am familiar with the dichotomy that exists in Northern Ireland between the 'virgin and the w****' viewpoint of women. I think Jack must have felt the same thing keenly. Perhaps one of the reasons I'm not rushing to finish the book is that it 'is' essential reading, and reaffirms the beliefs I already have; again, a welcome comfort to know there are men out there (just like my husband) who are contributing to a positive world view, and worthy of recognition.
Congratulations Jack, and all the best to your family for the future ahead!
Colleen Goddard (Ms)
Added: January 9, 2007      Delete this entry
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Hollaback Arka**
From: Arka**, USA
Website: http://www.hollabackar.blogspot.com
E-mail: hollabackar@gmail.com
Thank you so much for dedicating your time to getting such a remarkable book published. It is a welcome addition to the shelves of every anti-sexist advocate.
Added: December 25, 2006      Delete this entry

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