Using contemporary examples, Kate Manne’s Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, explores the definitions of misogyny and its contrast with sexism. The book is a philosophical examination of misogyny as the policing of the patriarchal state, serving to punish women who might step out of the assigned giver role.
This is not a book for the feint of heart, as David Sloane says this is a dispirited look into the state of misogyny in the US (and the author’s native Australia).
Host Lisa Schweitzer, joined by Jennifer Bravo (MPP ’06), Stacy Patterson (EML ’12), and David Sloane to delve into conversation about the book and how we all play a part in the continuity of the patriarchy. How men and women, all of us, contribute to the policing of women in the form of misogyny.
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Louis C.K. and Men Who Think Justice Takes as Long as They Want It To – Opinion piece by Roxane Gay in The New York Times
“Himpathy is the excessive or inappropriate sympathy extended to a male agent or wrongdoer over his female victim.” – Kate Manne
Gabrielle Blair tweet thread on abortion, fault in unwanted pregnancies … here is the first tweet, click it to see the whole thread:
I’m a mother of six, and a Mormon. I have a good understanding of arguments surrounding abortion, religious and otherwise. I’ve been listening to men grandstand about women’s reproductive rights, and I’m convinced men actually have zero interest in stopping abortion. Here’s why…
— Gabrielle Blair (@designmom) September 13, 2018
What we’re reading:
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf
And for next month, the Bedrosian Bookclub is reading …
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes