Misogyny // is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women. Misogyny has been characterised as a prominent feature of the mythologies of the ancient world as well as of various religions. In addition, many influential Western philosophers have been described as misogynistic. The counterpart of misogyny is misandry, the hatred or dislike of men; the antonym of misogyny is philogyny, the love or fondness of women.
The last of his books, "Misogyny: The World's Oldest Prejudice" was slated for publication by Viking Penguin, America's largest publishing house. His editor was very keen to publish it until he died, when the company cruelly abandoned the book. His wife and daughter swore that they would find a publisher. Two years later, the venerable London house Constable & Robinson published it. Today it is available not only in English (both in paper and in ebook) but also in German, Spanish, Persian, Hungarian and soon Chinese.
Jack Holland was born in Belfast in Northern Ireland at a time when horse-drawn carts still delivered milk from stables and domestic violence was still considered a matter "between husband and wife," and therefore beyond public scrutiny or sanction. He came of age in a world in which technological developments such as jet travel and the contraceptive pill transformed the way ordinary people lived and reasoned. By the time of his untimely death in 2004 he had become the acclaimed Irish author of countless articles, four novels and seven books of non-fiction, most of them dealing with "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland.
Why did an author known and respected for his balanced reporting and analysis of the Northern Ireland situation write about the abuse of one half of humanity by the other? The answer is simple: he loved history and he loved women. He was raised by a strong-minded and competent granny, and felt great tenderness for her, his mother and his sisters. He lived in a world where women were not considered man's equal and had even fewer options than their male contemporaries. He understood early on that without equality there is no friendship, and that friendship is a necessary ingredient in all successful relationships, including sexual ones. This book came out of his abiding love of women and fascination for their experience.