‘I’m so glad’, says our head of Salomons Centre Prof Margie Callanan, ‘that I am reading something a little edifying when you ask this’. Clearly, it’s a relief to seem professorial when someone looks your way. She goes on to recommend ‘The First Sex’ by Elizabeth Gould Davis and specifically the chapter entitled, ‘Not Quite People – The Nineteenth Century’. The sub-heading to the chapter is ‘A Special Kind of Property’. This book is about the female in society through the ages, from early civilisation to the Aquarian Age, through mythology and religion. It is of course, more political than psychological, but if we agree with Robert Graves that ‘The present intolerable world situation…cannot even begin to ease until the basic argument of Elizabeth Gould Davis’s ‘The First Sex’ is accepted by all schools and universities’, then perhaps the psychological can draw on this understanding of the past to inform both our present and our future. For men and women.
The first of an occasional series where we ask departmental staff to give a shout out on what they’ve been reading recently.