Kate Manne

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Kate Manne is an assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell University, having previously been a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2011-2013. She works in moral, social, and feminist philosophy. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, and The New Philosopher, as well as academic journals. Her lead essay for a forum on misogyny in The Boston Review was one of their '25 most-loved essays' for 2016. She has also been a winner of the American Philosophical Association's annual op-ed contest. http: https:KateManne Data from: amazon.com

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Misogyny should be understood as the ‘law enforcement’ branch of a patriarchal order, which has the overall function of policing and enforcing its governing ideology. Sexism wears a lab coat, misogyny goes on witch hunts. . . . Sexism is bookish; misogyny is combative. Sexism has a theory; misogyny wields a cudgel. Women ;Discrimination & Prejudice ;Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Philosophy
This is why it’s so hard for women to publicly accuse men of predatory actions. The victims are perceived as dramatizing and self-important. They risk not being believed. Or getting blamed. Or having crimes investigated improperly. Or being called selfish, mendacious. Women suffer automatic credibility deficits when leveling such accusations, while men enjoy “himpathy,” -- the “excessive sympathy sometimes shown toward male perpetrators of sexual violence. Women ;Discrimination & Prejudice ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Trying to fight misogyny using juridical moral notions is a bit like trying to fight fire with oxygen. It might work on a small scale — we do manage to blow out matches and candles, after all. But when we try to scale up the strategy, it is liable to backfire. We would be trying to put out a fire while feeding right into it. Women ;Discrimination & Prejudice ;Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Philosophy
Women’s power will be better tolerated when it’s wielded in service of patriarchal interests. Women ;Power