- File Size: 3919 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (August 22, 2009)
- Publication Date: September 8, 2009
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002MHOCTO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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“This book isn't a sermon. . . . These stories are electrifying and have the effect of breaking down this enormous problem into segments the reader can focus on. Suddenly, these horrendous problems begin to seem solvable . . . Again, this book is not a sermon about victims. Its range is wide, and sometimes it's even funny . . . Half the Sky is a call to arms, a call for help, a call for contributions, but also a call for volunteers. It asks us to open our eyes to this enormous humanitarian issue. It does so with exquisitely crafted prose and sensationally interesting material . . . I really do think this is one of the most important books I have ever reviewed.”
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“Passionate yet practical. . . . [Half the Sky] is both stirring and sensible . . . This wonderful book combines a denunciation of horrible abuses with clear-eyed hope and some compelling practical strategies. The courageous women described here, and millions more like them, deserve nothing less.”
—Martha Nussbaum, The New York Times
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One of the things that bothered me was the double standard that the authors seemed to have when blaming Christianity for the gap in women's rights but bent over backwards to excuse fundamentalist Islam and Islam as a whole. I found the author's attempt to paint Islam as superior to all the other religions when it came to the treatment of women as suspect. The authors attempt to argue that the fundamentalists are misinterpreting the Quran but one of the ways to apologize for the inhumanity of religion is to make the original words say whatever you want them to say. Christian apologists are adept at twisting words and interpretations to make them fit a preconceived image and likely muslim apologists do the same.
I noticed the authors had no problem denouncing Christianity for "The God Gap" in politics as being responsible for limits on abortion, women's rights, etc., but are not willing to paint Islam in the same light. This may be due to the fact that many of the countries where they operate are mostly muslim in terms of religiosity but I found the obvious double standard to be ridiculous at times. Not once do they mention the Quran's specific limitations on Women's Rights but they had no trouble bringing up the old justification for women's disadvantage in Christianity. Namely that Eve ate the fruit first and was the weakest vessel in all respects. There can be no doubt that under all forms of Theocracy that women are always treated as second class citizens however the authors seemed to miss this or deliberately ignored it in the case of Islam.
Despite that one problem I still recommend this book.
Reading Half the Sky is a harrowing undertaking. Often I was outraged and angry in reading this book. I wept often at the grief and pain of the plight of girls and women on the planet. I feel deeply disappointed with the inexcusable and untenable actions of we humans perpetrate on one another. These actions are juxtaposed - antithetical to - the unutterable and profound beauty of Life herself. The discomfort notwithstanding, all of us are well served to be pained deeply at the indignities girls and women live with. We need to be roused from our ostensible comfort - to have our worldview shattered. To be rousted into the rigorous self-discipline of "SEEING" girls and women. Of letting go of our subtle and not-so-subtle subjugation of them.
To me, there is no issue of greater importance than making place for the honoring of girls and women; of freeing girls and women from the inexcusable crimes against humanity perpetrated against them in all moments of their lives! All other crises are of lesser import. The path out of contemporary perils begins by giving place to the feminine, to her wisdom, voice, her brilliance, her creativity, her promise, her dignity, innocence and spiritual beauty.
Our world needs appropriate countervailing forces to those of misogyny and patriarchy. This book educates us some of the issues and some of the necessary steps onward. It appropriately pushes back.
Bravo! Well done in insinuating the promise of your work into the record, and for your stellar contribution toward the tipping point toward a more life-affirming humanity.
Wouldn't it be grand were this book required reading in every secondary school? Every associate degree, trade, undergraduate, graduate, and professional school? A prerequisite for all employment - self or other. For every elected and appointed public or political office? Repeated exposure to this book and it's worldview until our thinking and actions were honoring, welcoming, supportive and responsive - positively - to the lives of girls and women.
I am heartened and changed by my reading of this book - Half the Sky.
Top international reviews
A recommended read for those wanting to learn more about different female oppressions and cultural experiences. This was completely thought provoking and shocking.
I definitely want to help the women affected by the situations in this book, and the book itself gives advice on how to do so.
If you want a life changing and eye opening book, this one is for you!
The stories told shed light into the intense difficulties and amazing triumphs of women around the world; the realities of womanhood and sexism are too often hidden, but this book brings them to light in an honest and hopeful way. If only everyone read this book and got together to make the changes the authors suggest.
I can only thank the one and only Sophia Bush for pointing me in the direction of this book.
I was apprehensive at first as i thought it might be a bit depressing (have to be honest here!) - but I actually found it extremely positive and uplifting.
I have bought this book for others, who have loved it and bought it for others also. Please read it - you will not be sorry!