- Series: The MIT Press
- Paperback: 421 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (February 5, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262720310
- ISBN-13: 978-0262720311
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why So Slow? is a breakthrough in the discourse on gender and has great potential to move the women's movement to a new, more productive phase.―Publisher's Weekly
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I read the book 5 years ago, ended using it heavily for a thesis I wrote, and still end up referring back to the book every 6 months or so to retell some particularly interesting fact or study to others I know.
In this day and age of "rape culture" and the explosion of domestic violence as the backlash to the women's movement reaches new heights (or depths), including the political, all women need to start taking account of their potential to support themselves financially. Women need to understand that, more and more, for them, there are no real workable alternatives to thinking as seriously about their earning potential as men do. And this book shows the VERY real pitfalls that women will encounter on this path.
The book takes us on a journey through the lives of women, beginning at birth, when parents are happiest when the new infant turns out to be male; that early, baby girls begin to accumulate the small increments of disadvantage. One of the most highly significant developments occurs in the toddler stage, as little girls are given for objects of play and enjoyment dolls and housework items, which function to develop interest in domestic servitude. Boys are given objects of an entirely different nature such as sports and action figures, playthings which teach the boys they are going to be full members of the economic world (and the world of military violence) and are also destined for a lifetime of play in the world of organized sports, either playing or watching.
Girls and boys are guided along gender-specific tracks from the beginning and, true to expectation, as adults, it is most women who do the bulk of the drudge work, both in industry and in the home, while most men go on to become the leaders in industry while maintaining a lifetime childhood playtime enjoying their sports, made possible by women doing the housework.
But the question must arise what do these schemas really signify and how did they develop in the first place? A reading of the Bible shows in Genesis that the female gender is made the scapegoat for the fall of man from his original paradise. The earlier Pandora myth reached the same conclusion. Men have used many forms of attack on women, from witch-burning to religious mythological systems that include supernatural explanations for why women are to be kept in second-class status using every means including the legal. Misogynism is the oldest and most persistent prejudice. As Valian points out, it is so pervasive that the supporting schemas are acted out without much conscious thought. We don't just study illness without inquiry into its causes.
The explanation is not complex and reaches into the sociological and psychological. It is repetition of behavior that accounts for the strength of habit. Tavris has explained this mechanism in her work on Anger, but the principle holds true for any behavior. Men have, traditionally from the beginning, been the warriors, meaning, killers, and men became very practiced in this. It was inevitable that the behavior was also directed to the opposite gender and they were made the enemy.
A lot of the behavior men direct towards women fits on the spectrum, not of nurturance, but of warmaking, and this includes the making war on women's ambition and equality and the further fashioning of women into servants and sexual playthings which are attacks on their humanity. It is also why "men are from Mars and women are from Venus". In Tavris' book is found the short story of what happened, and this fascinating story of the genders is a field that is wide-open for research.