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Down GirlThe Logic of Misogyny$
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Kate Manne

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190604981

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190604981.001.0001

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Taking His (Out)

Taking His (Out)

(p.106) Chapter 4 Taking His (Out)
Down Girl

Kate Manne

Oxford University Press

So much for the logic of misogyny. What about its substance? How does it manifest itself in contemporary cultures like those of America and Australia, i.e., suspected of being post-patriarchal? It is argued that the patriarchal norms and expectations misogyny continues to enforce largely consist in an unjust (pseudo-)moral code, obligating women to give, not withhold or eschew, or to ask him to give her, moral goods such as attention, care, sympathy, and other forms of feminine-coded labor. And privileged men’s corresponding sense of entitlement manifests itself in taking her attention and attraction (as in catcalling and pick-up artistry), the conversational “floor” (as in mansplaining), public space (as in manspreading), bodily autonomy (as in Donald Trump’s infamous pussy-grabbing remarks), and sex (as in rape culture). This sense of ownership may even extend to the persons in one’s family. A vivid manifestation of this last is family annihilators.

Keywords:   patriarchies, moral obligation, moral entitlement, giving and taking, gendered division of labor, catcalling, mansplaining, manspreading, rape culture, family annihilators

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