Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne [Book Review]

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 29 (1):10-17 (2019)
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Abstract

Kate Manne’s Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny is an accessible and timely exploration of a particular aspect of gendered oppression that has received surprisingly little scholarly treatment. There is a lot of feminist work on sexism, oppression, and patriarchy, but misogyny, as Manne defines it, is distinct from all of these. Her purpose in this book is to describe misogyny as a distinct force present in contemporary society, and to show how it shapes public life. The strength of Manne’s account is that it detaches misogyny from the intentions and attitudes of individual misogynists, showing instead how it is a feature of a patriarchal society.Misogyny, according to Manne, is like the law enforcement arm of a...

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