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Down Girl

Kate Manne

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Down Girl applies the principles of moral philosophy to the question of why societal misogyny is not only 'still a thing,' in the 21st century but inevitable for as long as our institutions remain structured as they are.

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Down Girl

Down Girl

by Kate Manne

Overview

You might think that women today are treated as equals. But this doesn't stand up to scrutiny. The #MeToo movement has given women a voice to call out certain behavior from men, but it's no cure-all. Misogyny is still pervasive in society today.

Kate Manne studied philosophy in Melbourne and at MIT, and is now a professor of philosophy at Cornell University, specializing in the ethical perspective on feminist issues. In her 2019 book Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, Manne asserts that seeing women as fundamentally unequal is less a personal trait applying to certain males, and more a structural inevitability applying to society as a whole.

In her wide-ranging forensic analysis, Manne considers language, the law, and specific high-profile cases and their journalistic aftermath, which often centered on definitions of misogyny. At a time when gender relations have never been a hotter topic, Manne provides a challenging, thoughtful, and persuasive perspective.

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Misogynists can love their mothers – not to mention their sisters, daughters, wives, girlfriends, and secretaries. They need not hate women universally, or even generally. They tend to hate women who are outspoken.

- Kate Manne

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