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Katherine K. Young is James McGill Professor of religious studies at McGill University. Paul Nathanson is a researcher in religious studies at McGill University. They are co-authors of Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Cultur
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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773538739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773538733
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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The authors argue that ideological feminism and misandry, disguised as "engaged scholarship" and carried out by "political activists masquerading as scholars," are the driving forces of an influential group of writers who have attempted to show the existence of a goddess-based religion that preceded Western monotheism and who are attempting to revive it. The book is "about the attitude toward religion of goddess ideologues." Young and Nathanson expose the essentially political agenda of the principal authors who make such claims, citing the faulty scholarship of several "case studies," including Gerda Lerner, Marija Gimbutas, Mary Daly, Cynthia Eller and Marilyn French. The authors also discuss the misinformation conveyed in several well-known, influential documentaries on goddess religion (Goddess, Veil and The Burning Times). Worship of Goddess (sophiantry), which is meant to replace the worship of God in monotheism, is revealed as a form of self-worship of the individual writers whose work is analyzed. Ideological feminists are identified as belonging to postmodernism (itself deemed a "civil religion"), which denies the possibility of historical objectivity and justifies the fanciful rewriting of history, for example, by goddess "thealogians." (The neologism "thealogian" is common among the writers discussed.) The "basic premise of feminist ideology, including goddess ideology," write Young and Nathanson, is" that human history is nothing less than a conspiracy of men against women." Its goal is a new world order--a gynotopia--in which females dominate males, thus reversing the presumed imposition of domination of women by men that is said to have followed a primordial period of goddess religion.Read more ›
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What!? No one star reviews from outraged feminists?! After reading this book it's clear why they haven't. The authors much to their credit (and courage many scholars lack) have provided a definitive documentation that rips apart goddess ideology and the feminist BS that surrounds it. One may wonder why this work would be important other than providing perspective to other intellectual scholars. Yet in an outrageously gynocentric society, why it is important to all those who care about spirituality becomes clear. Men have been viciously betrayed in the heady realm of contemporary spiritual teaching. There are popular spiritual teachers who inculcate the idea, insidiously rooted in feminism, that men are spiritually inferior to women (Llewellyn Vaughn Lee). I have been deeply perplexed by their otherwise eloquent discourse on spiritual matters and for lack of knowledge, willing to concede the reality of goddess ideology; to accept as they suggest, women are more disposed or tuned to spirituality than men. But where does that leave me? This book has lifted the veil from my eyes and thanks to these courageous authors, I now see contemptuous fraud perpetrated against men lurking behind the goddess.

Much of contemporary spiritual orthodoxy rooted in gender must be dispelled as an anachronism. To hold one gender above the other will never, ever achieve a more enlightened human being. (The Earth seen as feminine and the [neglected, polluted] sky seen as masculine.) Yet for those who value truth in spiritual inquiry, elements of both genders can be seen in earth and sky if one really wants to wake up and see them. Likewise the word "patriarchy" is mindlessly thrown around so much it has become synonymous with some sort of male conspiracy to oppress women throughout the ages.
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I've just finished this latest installment in Paul Nathanson and Katherine K. Young's 'Misandry' Trilogy [this is a stop-gap diversion before 'Transcending Misandry', the big finale, is finished]. I've docked it one star because it can't quite live up to the standards of their previous work, & I don't think it makes its case quite as impeccably as those two astounding books. But then, religion is a much wider, & infinitely more subjective field than an analysis of man-hate in the media or the law, & those two previous books are two of the most important books ever written.

Having said all of that, this is still essential reading I would recommend to anyone, as there is nothing else like this out there tackling this most vitally important issue.
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This book is a worthy additon to the authors' 'Misandry' series of books. It debunks one of the more recent manifestations of feminist-revisionist history, that is, that there was once some sort of utopia under a 'great goddess' who was worshipped until men, with their supposed inherently warlike ways, up and ruined everything. The book also convincingly refutes the notion that women are inherently more 'in touch' with nature than are men; it turns out that the idea of a 'mother earth' is a false notion that can be traced to a misinterpretation/distortion of a casual remark made by an American Indian chief about how he wanted to sit down!

Sanctifying Misandry is a somewhat less dense read than was Legalizing Misandry, but it's a little more dense than Nathanson and Young's first book, Spreading Misandry. I am looking forward with enthusiasm to the planned final book in the series, 'Transcending Misandry'.
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