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Down Girl

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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 that misogyny should not be understood primarily in terms of the hatred or hostility some men feel toward women generally Rather it's primarily about controlling policing punishing and exiling the bad women wh. Essential readingKate Manne’s Down Girl The Logic of Misogyny is a brilliant philosophical treatise on misogyny and the systemic ways a patriarchal hegemony policies punishes and effectively controls women This is an academic work and can be uite dense but Manne has a gift of exploring a whole array of complex ideas in conjunction with each other in a way that is precise informative and enlightening This is an essential work in feminist studies particularly with the efficiency she examines misogyny not as necessarily hostility towards women this would be sexism but as the system of control that serves a patriarchal purpose Sexism she proposes justifies patriarchy as an ideology whereas misogyny enforces the patriarchy by policing women who may deviate from it taking sexism to be the branch of patriarchal ideology that justifies and rationalizes a patriarchal social order and misogyny as the system that polices and enforces its governing norms and expectations So sexism is scientific; misogyny is moralistic And a patriarchal order has a hegemonic uality Opening with a chapter on strangulation by men notables such as Steve Bannon strangling his wife are used as an example Manne moves from physical silencing of women right into systemically silencing them through social norms and institutions while demonstrating how misogyny is at the heart of this By first canvassing traditional definitions of misogyny Manne works to examine and expand upon the term and look at the systemic ways it encroaches upon women often in violent ways Misogyny she argues is a historically enforced idea that demands a male dominance and that all aspects of women should serve patriarchal purposes Even non violent or commonplace notions ‘ “Smile sweetheart” is an ostensibly less offensive remark’ to use one of the endless examples in the book ‘ but it is expressive of the same insidious demand that a woman’s face be emotionally legible’ There is a sense of entitlement that is also systemic here though that is better discussed in her next bookThis book is also noteworthy for bringing the term ‘Himpathy’ into use Manne defines himpathy as ‘ the excessive sympathy shown toward male perpetrators of sexual violence’ The term became common use in social discussions along with Manne’s essay on Brett Kavanaugh which can be read here as an example of himpathy Down Girl provides many instances and demonstrates how himpathy comes to excuse bad behavior and further enable it and how himpathy towards abusive men from women is a learned condition that is also systemic of misogyny and patriarchal power There is a section that deals with victimization and a tendency to silence victimsA major theme throughout looks at the way there is an economy of behavior What is allowable in the behavior of men is often criticized in women just look at the language used about women in the workplace or politics Similarly any masculinely coded perk or privilege in society is denied to women and they are strongly chastised if attempting to utilize them This reinforces a very gendered society one that Manne observes becomes enforced when gender binaries start to slip or blur Also that women are viewed as property to the male figures in their lives that their ' personhood is held to be owed to others in the form of service labor love and loyalty' Part of the gendered economy is an expectation for women to provide unpaid labor such as but not limited to sex emotional labor care houseworks etc Her humanity may hence be held to be owed to other human beings and her value contingent on her giving moral goods to them life love pleasure nurture sustenance and comfort being some While Manne never draws the conclusion directly a reader can’t help but connect this to the way neoliberalism anti feminism and misogyny go hand in hand and why women are punished or gaslit when demanding fair compensation euity or even to voice annoyance in the home for doing all the unpaid household labor without much help an essay upon this last idea makes for a very interesting chapter in her next book Entitled How Male Privilege Hurts WomenKate Manne is upfront about the shortcomings in this work that as a cis hetero white woman the treatise is focused on percisely that She apologizes in the introduction rationalizing that she wanted to begin by speaking to what she felt was her ability though encourages readers to consider her words in cases of misogynoir the intersections of misogyny and anti Blackness and transmisogynyThere are many interesting concepts discussed here and honestly if you haven't read this yet you should snag a copy right now Really do it Drawing on a long sad history Manne brilliantly examines these concepts in a way that is extremely enlightening and a useful tool in shifting the paradigm in our modern world Many of the examples used are recent and taken from major headlines allowing it to be an easily functional social commentary as readers will already be familiar with the events and their outcomes and keeping it currently relevant also aids in keeping a reader engaged While imperfect it is a great voice in the conversation and I would urge anyone to read this book

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O 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 It's also common for women to serve as scapegoats be burned as witches and treated as pariahsManne examines recent and current events such as the Isla Vista killings by Elliot Rodger the case of the convicted serial rapist Daniel Holtzclaw who preyed on African American women as a police officer in Oklahoma City Rush Limbaugh's diatribe against Sandra Fluke and the misogyny speech of Julia Gillard then Prime Minist. 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 The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues the good ones and singling out other women The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne to serve as warnings The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne to The Prop Builders Molding & Casting Handbook those who are out of order It's also common for women Мегре и човекът на пейката to serve as scapegoats be burned as witches and Shot on Gold treated as pariahsManne examines recent and current events such as Intelligence Powder the Isla Vista killings by Elliot Rodger The Nearest Thing To Life the case of Maradonia and the Gold of Ophir the convicted serial rapist Daniel Holtzclaw who preyed on African American women as a police officer in Oklahoma City Rush Limbaugh's diatribe against Sandra Fluke and I Will Espouse You Forever: The Song of Songs and the Theology of Love in the Hebrew Bible the misogyny speech of Julia Gillard Printing, Literacy, and Education in Eighteenth-Century Ireland then Prime Minist. If you are human you should read Printing, Literacy, and Education in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Why the Irish Speak English this book Manne's book is academic The Chase Begins treatise on Misogyny and is anything but dry While I'm not convinced she had Doing Research in the Real World to include Serengeti Sunrise the look at literature such as her analysis of Mockingbird but her look at court cases her reading of Marknadsföring - Kort och gott the Brock Turner case is brilliant and politics is well worth வயது வந்தவர்களுக்கு மட்டும் [Vayathu Vanthavargalukku Mattum] the price Seriously read The Landower Legacy this book

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Er of Australia which went viral on YouTube The book shows how these events among others set the stage for the 2016 US presidential election Not only was the misogyny leveled against Hillary Clinton predictable in both uantity and uality Manne argues it was predictable that many people would be prepared to forgive and forget Donald Trump's history of sexual assault and harassment For this Manne argues is misogyny's oft overlooked and eually pernicious underbelly exonerating or showing himpathy for the comparatively privileged men who dominate threaten and silence wome. I hit the wall on this book at about page 50 Perhaps I'm just a philistine ill euipped to handle the academic tone the esoteric allusions and the deft opaueness the author seems to prize I was met by this couplet just before I drove over the cliffI 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 stateas well as material resources communal values cultural narratives media and artistic depictions and so on These patriarchal institutions will vary widely in their material and structural as well as their social featuresNow if this prose hits your literary sweet spot which apparently it does with some reviewers you'll enjoy the several hundred examples soon to follow As for me I'll meet you later further on down the highway

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