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The Logic of Misogyny
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
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Misogyny is a hot topic, yet it's often misunderstood. What is misogyny, exactly? Who deserves to be called a misogynist? How does misogyny contrast with sexism, and why is it prone to persist - or increase - even when sexist gender roles are waning? This book is an exploration of misogyny in public life and politics by the moral philosopher and writer Kate Manne. It argues that misogyny should not be understood primarily in terms of the hatred or hostility some men feel toward all or most women. Rather, it's primarily about controlling, policing, punishing, and exiling the "bad" women who challenge male dominance. And it's compatible with rewarding "the good ones," and singling out other women to serve as warnings to those who are out of order. It's also common for women to serve as scapegoats, be burned as witches, and treated as pariahs. 

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.

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Fantastic 👍🏽

People tell you 'Women have equal rights'
So why does life as a girl or woman feel so unequal and unfair? ... and why do I in fact feel so guilty sometimes in saying so? This book brilliantly explains both ..
It did have me running to the dictionary a number many times, (the writer Kate has an astounding vocabulary) But I just stuck with it as the insight, facts and explanations are mind blowing. You go girl, you are a genius at making complete and utter sence of this world for Women 😀

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The best book I read in all year

An essential reading to every girl, woman, boy and man out there. This should be taught in schools. Gives answers to so many unnerving questions about the state of the world these days. Absolutely loved it!

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Essential reading

This is a enlightening book and it's content if it were known and understood by a greater number of people would do much to make the world a better place for everyone, especially women. It's not got 5 stars because the language can be quite academic and hard to understand and therefor not as suitable for audio.

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  • Joanie
  • 25-09-18

crucial

so sharp, so important. a crucial book. deeply clarifying. not a happy book...but often witty.

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  • vincent martin
  • 22-10-18

A brilliant philosophical overview of Misogyny,

this book is a brilliant overview and analysis of mysogyny and all the myriad manifestations of it in US society. Most poignantly, the author address the relationship between mysogynism and racism. Also very apparent is how a level of narcessism is required for it to be prevalent. As a person that has been actively researching sexism and racism the past few years, this is a book that is a must read and one that I highly recommend.

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  • CBW
  • 10-02-19

Timely and Thoughtful

Well thought out and argued. Incredibly important must read for feminists of any generation. Highly recommend also for any woman contemplating a run for political office.

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  • j fid
  • 08-02-19

Five Star Book w/bad Narration

This book is important enough that it should be re-read by someone else. I’m staying with it because I have the book and based on the density of the topic and my learning style I realized i needed to have it read to me. I use the book to follow along.

Bad narration. I’m a power user on Audible. This is bad.

Proud to say though that my daughter was the one who gave me this book—it’s being used as a textbook at her college for a Women and Gender Studies class. She read it in 2017 and gave it to me.

This book and Manne are finally getting recognition, and I highly recommend this book as vital, necessary reading for everyone. Everyone.

It deserves a re-reading in the Audible format however.

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  • Amy Schumacher
  • 08-10-18

A much needed book.

This is a wonderful analysis of what Misogyny is and why the dictionary definition is not only inadequate but the antithesis of helpful. Kate Manne does a good job of citing scientific studies in addition to giving historical, literary or contemporary examples to support her positions. This is an important read for all in this age. Part of the solution is learning why we have this problem in the first place.

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  • S. Tyler Hendrix
  • 11-12-18

I've been wondering

This is a very thorough and well thought-out case for fighting the patriarchy. I've been wondering what the underlying causes for some of the recent hatred is and this book does a good job of breaking it down. Now we just need a solid plan for solving the problem.

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  • FroggyM
  • 27-02-19

Narrator reads way too fast

Unfortunately I had to give up and return this audiobook. The narrator reads way too quickly for me to process the content. And the audible app only offers speed variants in 25% increments, which is too big a jump. Listening at 75% speed is ok, but a little too slow, and the voice sounds robotic and distracting when slowed down. Audible needs to offer 10 or 15% increments. And nonfiction books shouldn't be speed-read by narrators.

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  • A.B. Normal
  • 22-10-19

So powerful it hurts

This book makes it’s points so saliently, illustrates it’s premises so clearly and demonstrates the reality of its conclusions so poignantly that it is both hard to put down and difficult to pick up. The fact of men’s disdain, disregard and frank disgust with women is irredeemable portrayed. It is depressing and hard to hear and, sadly, leaves little hope for the future save that enough people get angry about it that revolutionary intervention becomes viable. Should be required reading for every person seeking a degree at any university.

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  • R. Christensen
  • 21-09-19

A huge helper to anyone attempting to figure out what the fuck is going on.

I’m not someone who actively seeks out books written from the philosophy (as an academic discipline) lens, but Manne does a really good job using the rhetoric of that field to help the reader understand how and why so much is fucked up right now. I encourage anyone to read it who has through to themselves “how did things get this way and why is it so goddamned hard to effect change.”

Fortgang’s reading is also well done, especially how she uses a snarky tone when reading the comments posted to an online article about a man who was not treated well on by an airline.

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  • Irma Antoine
  • 21-04-19

worth the read

This reads like a dissertation and it's a struggle to get through some of the academic writing and repetition. Except, there are so many brilliant insights, fullly perfect paragraphs and turns of phrase - it is truly worth it!