Down Girl The Logic of Misogyny

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-03-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Down Girl is an exploration of misogyny in public life and politics. Kate Manne argues that misogyny should not be understood primarily in terms of the hatred or hostility some men feel toward all or most women. Rather, it's primarily about controlling, policing, punishing, and exiling the "bad" women who challenge male dominance. And it's compatible with rewarding "the good ones," and singling out other women to serve as warnings to those who are out of order. She applies her powerful theory to a wide range of social phenomena but particularly politics.

Author Biography

Kate Manne is an assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell University, having previously been a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2011-2013. She works in moral, social, and feminist philosophy. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, and The New Philosopher, as well as academic journals. Her lead essay for a forum on misogyny in The Boston Review was one of their '25 most-loved essays' for 2016. She has also been a winner of the American Philosophical Association (APA)'s annual op-ed contest.

Table of Contents

Preface: Wronging Him
Introduction: (Eating) Her Words

Chapter 1: Threatening Women
Chapter 2: Ameliorating Misogyny
Chapter 3: Discriminating Sexism
Chapter 4: Taking His (Out)
Chapter 5: Humanizing Hatred
Chapter 6: Exonerating Men
Chapter 7: Suspecting Victims
Chapter 8: Losing (To) Misogynists

Conclusion: The Giving She

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Manne presents brilliant theory without sacrificing accessibility May 30, 2019
In Down Girl, Kate Manne presents astonishingly novel and sophisticated moral theory--exciting if disturbing in its own right--all without ever leaving the real world. She offers the wider public a rare philosophic work which sacrifices neither accessibility nor nuance in exploring a topic which no book of philosophy has ever addressed, yet which impacts everyone. She presents brilliant and totally new ideas that may just revolutionize moral philosophy, and she does it all in plain English. The book is certainly not easy to read, but if you give it some time and effort, you will be more than rewarded. The books subject--the nature, character, function, and internal logic of misogyny--may be something you dont feel needs further explanation, least of all by a philosopher. Why bother analyzing the concept of misogyny, which is merely a label we use to describe things in the world? If there is misogyny in the world, then we ought to examine the world itself, not our concepts. Mannes work, however, represents a shining example of the power of concepts to illuminate the world anew. By embedding her writing in the real world, Manne demonstrates the importance and timeliness of her work. Throughout the book, she delves deeply into world events, the 2016 U.S. elections playing a starring role. These events have perplexed many, sometimes even years after theyve occurred; and its these events that reveal the need for a careful evaluation of exactly what is misogyny. If, like me, youve found yourself disturbed by, yet persistently unable to explain moments when men attacked women and got away with it, you may appreciate the explanatory power of Mannes exploration of misogyny. The world, you may say, needs investigating; but Manne shows that by interrogating our concepts, we can then turn back to the world with new power and insight, a new lens, and thus a new way to understand what we see. The book is ambitious, terrifying, and exciting, and it may change the way you see the world around you.
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