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Scapegoat: The Jews, Israel, and Women's Liberation

Dworkin, Andrea

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ISBN 10: 0684836122 / ISBN 13: 9780684836126
Published by The Free Press, New York, 2000
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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xi, 436 p. Notes. Bibliography. Index. On Yom Kippur, Jews of antiquity would sacrifice two goats: one killed as an offering to a harsh and judging god, the other taken to the wilderness and turned loose, a carrier of the sins of the group. Throughout history, argues brilliant feminist critic Andrea Dworkin, women and Jews have been stigmatized as society's scapegoats. In this stunning and provocative book, Dworkin brings her rigorous intellect to bear on the dynamics of scapegoating. Drawing upon history, philosophy, literature, and politics, she creates a terrifying picture of the workings of misogyny and anti-Semitism in the last millennium. With examples that range from the Inquisition, when women were targeted as witches and Jews as heretics, to the terror of the Nazis, whose aggression was both race-and gender-motivated, Dworkin illustrates how and why women and Jews have been scapegoated and compares the civil inequality, prejudices, and stereotypes that have framed identity for both groups. Taking the state of Israel as a paradigm, Dworkin traces the growth of male dominance in societies both old and new--resulting in the subordination of women and a racial or ethnic "other. " In Israel today, Palestinians and prostitutes are the new scapegoats: degraded, inferior, abject. Although the gentle Jewish martyrs of old have become modern Israeli warriors, women retain the stigmatized status of "weak Jews" who, when attacked, never fight back. This leads Dworkin to imagine a world in which women betray men of their own kind in order to develop and defend their own sovereignty. Ultimately, her book forces us to ask profound questions: Why do women continue to value their own lives less than those of themen they love? Where is the line between justifiable self-defense and violence? Both an impassioned plea for women to challenge and destroy the author-ity of the men in their own group and a startling work of history, "Scapegoat" will forever change how we think about the patterns of behavior and belief t. Bookseller Inventory # 61076

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Title: Scapegoat: The Jews, Israel, and Women's ...

Publisher: The Free Press, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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Explores the hatred of women and Jews throughout history, drawing on history, literature, philosophy, and politics to elucidate the misogyny and anti-Semitism of the last millennium.

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Andrea Dworkin has spoken at colleges, universities, and rallies around the world. With Catharine A. MacKinnon, she authored civil rights legislation recognizing pornography as legally actionable sex discrimination. She has written eleven books, including such influential works as Intercourse and Pornography. She lives in New York City.

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