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|
|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny Reviews
This book is an excellent visitation on how to define misogyny. I found it useful for crystallizing my own thoughts, discussing with other people, and picking apart misogyny so that I could address it even in discussion with the relatively closed-minded. Sometimes the philosophy writing style shone thru (no other discipline uses the word 'contra'!!!!) but I found the level of rigor to be pleasant and enlightening. Recommended reading for those of us who loooooove talking/learning about misogyny, ...more
Per its author, this is the first book written on misogyny, a subject Manne has some expertise in: in an interview, she relates being one of three girls going to classes at an all-boys' school, where her locker was covered in misogynistic slurs and fish oil, and being advanced on by a group of boys holding condoms they'd ejaculated into. She is also an MIT- and Harvard-trained philosopher who currently lectures at Cornell.
This book is not fun to read, being an unremitting litany of grievous miso ...more
" Women may not be simply human beings but positioned as human givers when it comes to the dominant men who look to them for various kinds of moral support, admiration, attention, and so on. She is not allowed to be in the same way as he is."
This is a difficult book. Difficult for me, anyway. For two reasons.
Firstly, I have lived through every word of her book. Whilst for some that would be affirming, our stories recreated in another voice, I felt as if my skin was being flayed. It has always b ...more
This is a brilliant academic treatise on man's inhumanity to woman. It should be required reading for every feminist. After a thorough treatment of academic and historical instances of misogyny, the author somewhat despairs of its ever being replaced by egalitarian discourse, much less behavior. I remember reading once that men are afraid that women will laugh at them, whereas women are afraid that men will kill them. Manne reviews several instances where husbands killed their wives basically ou ...more
Very well written, clear and concise, very informative and original. Highly recommended reading.
As is often the case, a little disclaimer is warranted. I've had some social interaction with Kate Manne, including some discussion of the content of the book and the authorial choices while I was reading.
Manne's Down Girl is an instructive and accessible piece of writing on a problematic and potent topic. There are a few technical areas where I think philosophers and other academics (myself included) would do well to follow Manne's model. The most obvious to me (because it is something I strugg ...more
Fantastic, not only in framing the current state of misogyny and lack of progress in this area, but also opened my eyes to my own limitations and misogyny. Required reading for every feminist.
Too academic and not written for the general reader.