Kate Manne

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This week’s radical is Kate Manne, a Sage School of Philosophy professor and author of two books, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (2018) and Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women (2020). She also coined the term "himpathy."


In our conversation, we discuss Kate's newest book, how the Kavanaugh hearings and "incel" culture inspired her, the ways in which sexism and misogyny differ as tools of patriarchy, and the imbalance of gendered expectations around emotional labor. We also dive into her upbringing in Australia, the challenges of attending an all-boys school as a girl, and the commodification of women as sexual currency.


Some Questions I Ask:

  • How did you choose the chapter titles in Entitled? (1:20)
  • Where did you go to school? (13:10)
  • Is there value in avoiding dating and relationships? (21:25)
  • Is complicity a factor in himpathy? (40:52)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How misogyny works like a shock collar. (6:30)
  • What it was like for Kate to be one of only three girls in her high school. (13:56)
  • Why women lose male friends when they begin new relationships. (16:30)
  • Why Incel culture can never truly be satisfied. (18:48)
  • Why even "perfect victims" are not believed or taken seriously. (29:30)
  • Kate's mantra and the importance of disobedience in fighting patriarchy. (39:11)

Resources:

Down Girl

Entitled

Kate Manne's Website

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