Misogyny is a hot topic, yet it's often misunderstood. What is misogyny, exactly? Who deserves to be called a misogynist? How does misogyny contrast with sexism, and why is it prone to persist--or increase--even when sexist gender roles are waning? This book is an exploration of misogyny in public life and politics, by the moral philosopher and writer Kate Manne. It argues t...
|Title||:||Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny|
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Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny Reviews
God. Damn. As a person who studied philosophy at a quasi-monastic Catholic liberal arts school where the curriculum gave us a thorough exposure to the grand old male authors of yore dunking on women casually and as a matter of course, while featuring exactly zero feminist texts---or any texts for that matter---that even ADDRESSED misogyny, this book has been like another liberal education in itself.
Donald Trump broke into national consciousness during the GOP primaries by making outrageous comments. In August, 2015, he attacked the began the first GOP presidential debate with horrible comments about one of the moderators of the first debates, Megyn Kelly. Toward the end of the campaign, a tape of him bragging about sexually assaulting women was released. Yet he won and has now served as president for a year.
Kate Manne’s book Down Girl, is perfectly timed (despite having been in the works ...more
If you are human, you should read this book. Manne's book is academic treatise on Misogyny, and is anything but dry. While I'm not convinced she had to include the look at literature (such as her analysis of Mockingbird), but her look at court cases (her reading of the Brock Turner case is brilliant) and politics is well worth the price.
Seriously, read this book.
I hit the wall on this book at about page 50. Perhaps I'm just a philistine, ill-equipped to handle the academic tone, the esoteric allusions, and the deft opaqueness the author seems to prize. I was met by this couplet just before I drove over the cliff.
"I take it that a social milieu counts as patriarchal insofar as certain kinds of institutions or social structures both proliferate and enjoy widespread support within it--from, for example, the state,as well as material resources, communal val ...more
At first, I resisted her idea that misogyny had nothing to do with seeing women as wholly human, but she convinced me. I also resisted himpathy as an explanation to domestic violence, but she convinced me on this too and on and on. This is an excellent contemplation of misogyny and Manne is a rigorous thinker. I have thought about this book so many times since I read it. It also made me want to rage and scream at the end as Manne sees no hope for recovery. I’m sort of with her. There’s another g ...more
I'm giving it four stars because it's very well researched and well written, and organizes things that I have already well learned for sure in my 40.99 years as a woman on earth. However if you are not the type to think about these issues on a regular basis, it should be pretty eye-opening.
Happy Mother's Day to me! I made sure to set aside some time today to finish this excellent book. It puts into words what many women have intuitively known, felt and experienced. The acknowledgment is a salve to a lifetime of gaslighting. Some reviewers expressed being uneasy with the academic tone of the book. While it didn't bother me, I wonder if it will keep some from consuming this important and topical read. It's worth the time and effort and should be required reading for all adults. I lo ...more
Awesome read. Points out a bunch of weird confusing contradictions in gender politics, then explains them. Argues that misogyny isn't about hating women - it's about punishing "bad" women. "good" women like subservient housewives, the "cool girlfriend", etc, don't experience misogyny. Women who go against patriarchal norms (e.g. activists, women working in masculine fields, women who don't give men enough attention/emotional labor/sex/etc) experience the kind of "down, girl!" responses that puni ...more