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Down Girl

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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 Sloaneto 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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Jennifer on Twitter @vitagraphia 
Stacy on Twitter @stacypatt614
David on Twitter @dcsloane53


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

Himpathyis 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:

Gone Girl(film, novel), Sharp Objects (series, novel)

What we’re reading:

The Powerby Naomi Alderman (for more details on the book club Stacy mentions, contact Aubreyor check out the website here)

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New Worldby Andrea Wulf

And for next month, the Bedrosian Bookclub is reading …

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassinby Terrance Hayes




This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by The Brothers Hedden, Ryan and Corey.

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