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Manne, Kate. Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny
2017, Oxford University Press
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Publisher’s Note: Down Girl is a broad, original, and far ranging analysis of what misogyny really is, how it works, its purpose, and how to fight it. The philosopher Kate Manne argues that modern society’s failure to recognize women’s full humanity and autonomy is not actually the problem. She argues instead that it is women’s manifestations of human capacities – autonomy, agency, political engagement – is what engenders misogynist hostility.

Comment: This book offers a convincing argument against the idea that misogyny is explicit hatred of women. It would be great to teach in its own right, but she also gives several case studies and helpful summaries, many of which can be used in a variety of ethics classes (eg. on abortion or online bullying).

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