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MUST READ| The Miseducation of Women

There are two factors that less than avid readers look out for in a new book; the jacket and the preface by the author. What if, an author turns out to be smart by writing an entire chapter that works as a preface? Then the magnetic charm in the writing would make someone who is not much interested to read further.

india Updated: Dec 03, 2005 11:44 IST

There are two factors that less than avid readers look out for in a new book; the jacket and the preface by the author. What if, an author turns out to be smart by writing an entire chapter that works as a preface? Then the magnetic charm in the writing would make someone who is not much interested to read further.

James Tooley has picked up one of the lip-smacking topics for anyone from any age, feminism. Like communism, it lies thoroughly misinterpreted and abused. Thanks to the system of education we all grow up in, it is passed on as a legacy to our female counterparts without any proper foundation of the idea that in the first place never hinted at equality. All it turns out to be is blasphemous. In short, miseducation dominates feminism largely. And this is the territory where this gutsy writer has gone into.

The book does not admonish the concept or the flag bearers, but raises pertinent queries as to why it has become what it is now? Both the post and pre modern eras of writers’ and audiences’ minds have been explored. This includes Fielding’s Bridget Jones who Tooley sees as an extension of feminists who fought for blank equality views.

By the time you have reached the last page of the first chapter, Tooley tells you the reason for not writing a preface but an elongated introduction that does the work smartly. The world is replete with ideologies thumping on feminism, but no one wishes to explore it, question the different view points expressed right from the time of Renaissance which is authentically the period when it all began. Tooley questions and desires to bring a change in the thinking.

First Published: Dec 03, 2005 11:44 IST