Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny

cover of book Down GirlBook Title & Author:
Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne

Why do you think the LSSU Campus should read this book? How will it build community? start conversations? encourage social engagement? empower critical thinking? Will it inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme?
The LSSU Community should read this book as it highlights cultural and social expectations that exist to reinforce misogyny from the researched viewpoint of a female Philosopher. It is incredibly apropos given current social events. Build community: It can be a tool to help understand an underlying social issue from a collaborative perspective. Start conversations: Look at the title and the subject matter. There will be conversations. Encourage social engagement: The subject matter of Down Girl touches upon all of us – female, male, or otherwise, and how misogyny can and does influence our social engagement. This text seeks to try and make this overt. It’s purpose is arguably to encourage social engagement. Empower critical thinking: The text itself is written by the Philosopher Kate Manne. It is organized around critical thinking vs. other historical attempts at the same subject. Will it inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme: A text by a female philosopher in 2018 that seeks to redefine and better understand misogyny in our culture by critically analyzing our current definition and offering alternatives as well as possible solutions? How could it not inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme.

Description from publisher’s site:
“Manne 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 Minister 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 quantity and quality, Manne argues it was predictable that many people would be prepared to forgive and forget regarding Donald Trump’s history of sexual assault and harassment. For this, Manne argues, is misogyny’s oft-overlooked and equally pernicious underbelly: exonerating or showing “himpathy” for the comparatively privileged men who dominate, threaten, and silence women.”

Additional Information: This title is available in Kindle format but not Audiobook format.  It does not appear to be available in paperback yet.

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