Put the Blame on Eve

What Women Must Overcome to Feel Worthy By Melinda J. Rising

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Put the Blame on Eve
What Women Must Overcome to Feel Worthy
by Melinda J. Rising

How did Eve (and then all women) become a scapegoat for “The Fall of Man”? Rising traces the roots of women’s struggles for equal pay, equal status, and equal respect back to that fateful, eye-opening day . . .

Subjects: Spirituality, Women's Studies, Women's Spirituality, Current Events

6 x 9, paperback, French flaps
176 pages

ISBN 10: 1-936012-47-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-936012-47-3

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Put the Blame on Eve follows the roots of women’s struggle for equal pay, equal status, and equal respect back to that fateful, eye-opening day — when Eve met a Serpent by a Tree, and shared an Apple with Adam instead of enjoying it without him.

How did  Eve (and then all women) become a scapegoat for “The Fall of Man”? What “spin” on this story made women seem to deserve being held down or back, to be suspected — and often even suspect themselves — of devious intents or deeds? Who fashioned such spin, and how? And why did we ever buy into it?

Melinda Rising’s research into the gnarled roots of sexism and misogyny in our culture — from the Book of Genesis through early Church history,  the Crusades, heretic hunting, the Inquisitions, witch hunts, and on into our own century — is startling, inspiring, and ultimately healing. Understanding this story, and seeing what still haunts contemporary women, may be an essential key for progress toward real gender equity in our  time.

Contents, Prologue

Click here for a PDF of the Table of Contents and the Prologue of Put the Blame on Eve, by Melinda J. Rising

Advance Praise

“Lin Rising’s trailblazing, no-stone-unturned investigation of the history and mythos of the archetypal ‘curse of Eve’ from the book of Genesis through to our own 21st century . . . is a ‘must-read’ for all who envision the ultimate ‘Grail’ of all — a more equitable and just society for men and women today. Fascinating!” —Karen Ralls, PhD, Oxford, UK, author of The Templars and the Grail, and the Knights Templar Encyclopedia

“In Put the Blame on Eve, Melinda Rising has gifted contemporary women (and men) with a much needed handbook of accurate information about women’s historic struggles to rise above the prevailing negative spin of their inheritance as daughters of Eve. She casts light on darker periods of women in world history and Church history, the Crusades, heretic hunting, the Inquisition, and the New World’s witch-hunts, among other dark parts of the backstory . . . and provides a balanced assessment of the history of women. This is a must-read book for writers, public speakers, legislators, and parents wanting to inform and inspire their daughters with hope that we can learn from the mistakes of the past as we work to build a future freed from ancient myths and modern legends about women's alleged inferiority to their brothers, husbands, and co-workers. . . . a book for discerning women and their partners as they thread their way through the cultural minefields of sexist language, negative influences of popular culture and sexual politics, and the deceptive camouflage of feel-good slogans designed to convey false hope. This is a very good read, the story of Everywoman's struggle for equality, with the essential, added value of hope." —Dr. Kathleen McGrory, President Emerita of Hartford College for Women, former Executive Director of the Society for Values in Higher Education at Georgetown University, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Academic VP in the Connecticut State University System

About Melinda J. Rising

Melinda J. Rising has served as Women’s Issues Chair for the AAUW’s Connecticut chapter, as a commissioner for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and as an academic dean and dean of continuing education for a variety of public and private institutions in Connecticut. She also has a twenty-five year affiliation with the Miss America organization, including years of service as co-executive director and president of its Connecticut chapter. She lives in Hebron, Connecticut.

Book Details

Put the Blame on Eve follows the roots of women’s struggle for equal pay, equal status, and equal respect back to that fateful, eye-opening day — when Eve met a Serpent by a Tree, and shared an Apple with Adam instead of enjoying it without him.

How did  Eve (and then all women) become a scapegoat for “The Fall of Man”? What “spin” on this story made women seem to deserve being held down or back, to be suspected — and often even suspect themselves — of devious intents or deeds? Who fashioned such spin, and how? And why did we ever buy into it?

Melinda Rising’s research into the gnarled roots of sexism and misogyny in our culture — from the Book of Genesis through early Church history,  the Crusades, heretic hunting, the Inquisitions, witch hunts, and on into our own century — is startling, inspiring, and ultimately healing. Understanding this story, and seeing what still haunts contemporary women, may be an essential key for progress toward real gender equity in our  time.

Click here for a PDF of the Table of Contents and the Prologue of Put the Blame on Eve, by Melinda J. Rising

“Lin Rising’s trailblazing, no-stone-unturned investigation of the history and mythos of the archetypal ‘curse of Eve’ from the book of Genesis through to our own 21st century . . . is a ‘must-read’ for all who envision the ultimate ‘Grail’ of all — a more equitable and just society for men and women today. Fascinating!” —Karen Ralls, PhD, Oxford, UK, author of The Templars and the Grail, and the Knights Templar Encyclopedia

“In Put the Blame on Eve, Melinda Rising has gifted contemporary women (and men) with a much needed handbook of accurate information about women’s historic struggles to rise above the prevailing negative spin of their inheritance as daughters of Eve. She casts light on darker periods of women in world history and Church history, the Crusades, heretic hunting, the Inquisition, and the New World’s witch-hunts, among other dark parts of the backstory . . . and provides a balanced assessment of the history of women. This is a must-read book for writers, public speakers, legislators, and parents wanting to inform and inspire their daughters with hope that we can learn from the mistakes of the past as we work to build a future freed from ancient myths and modern legends about women's alleged inferiority to their brothers, husbands, and co-workers. . . . a book for discerning women and their partners as they thread their way through the cultural minefields of sexist language, negative influences of popular culture and sexual politics, and the deceptive camouflage of feel-good slogans designed to convey false hope. This is a very good read, the story of Everywoman's struggle for equality, with the essential, added value of hope." —Dr. Kathleen McGrory, President Emerita of Hartford College for Women, former Executive Director of the Society for Values in Higher Education at Georgetown University, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Academic VP in the Connecticut State University System

About Melinda J. Rising

Larson Publications photo of author Melinda J. Rising

Melinda J. Rising has served as Women’s Issues Chair for the AAUW’s Connecticut chapter, as a commissioner for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and as an academic dean and dean of continuing education for a variety of public and private institutions in Connecticut. She also has a twenty-five year affiliation with the Miss America organization, including years of service as co-executive director and president of its Connecticut chapter. She lives in Hebron, Connecticut.

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