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Hardness of Heart/Hardness of Life: The Stain of Human Infanticide
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Hardness of Heart, Hardness of Life: The Stain of Human Infanticide.
Lanham, New York, Oxford: University Press of America, 2000, 623 pp.
Review by César Tort
First published in The Journal of Psychohistory 36 (2) Fall 2008
Republished on Amazon.com by Andreas Wirsén on a mission from the reviewer
When I first discovered Lloyd deMause's writings in the internet in February 2006, I was slack-jawed. My first reaction was a healthy skepticism about the most gruesome aspects of childrearing and, like a member of a juror, I decided to listen to both sides of the story. I promptly purchased a copy of Colin Heywood's 2001 History of childhood because Heywood, a senior lecturer in economic and social history in the University of Nottingham, is not a psychohistorian. It surprised me that, although Heywood does indeed accept the historicity of the data of abusive childrearing in history, he did not reach the same stance of deMause by condemning the abuse. After reading his book I could not conjecture another reason for this omission but that Heywood simply chose to close his eyes. Thus the first "witness" against psychohistory in our hypothetical trial had, in fact, the opposite effect in my mind: the data that deMause had amassed was right, but an academic did not want to reach the natural conclusion that childrearing methods have been a nightmare throughout history.
There are not many places in the internet to follow a discussion with knowledgeable academics hostile to psychohistory. But I found an active forum in the talk pages of the articles of Wikipedia related to Psychohistory.Read more ›
The geniuses in China are starting to realize what a mistake they made as there are very few women of marriageable age for their precious males (those women who weren't murdered for being the wrong gender are opting to marry foreign men. Wonder why?)
I will never understand the ridiculous attitude that being female makes you sub-human and that being born with a uterus means you were born without a brain.