The Patriarchal Stranglehold
Book review

Burton, Elizabeth

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/03/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23298

A review of the book Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne.



Kate Manne's first book is an ambitious work of analytic feminist and moral philosophy. Drawing examples from contemporary politics, classic literature, and sociology and psychology research, her writing also has an engaging, journalistic quality.

Prominently featured in her analysis are the 2014 Isla Vista murders by Elliot Rodger, rape cases garnering national attention perpetrated by rapist/Stanford swimmer Brock Turner and serial rapist-of-Black-women/cop Daniel Holtzclaw, misogynistic attacks on public figures and politicians like Hillary Clinton, as well as the behaviors of our misogynist-and-racist-in-chief Donald Trump. Although unfortunately containing some of the standard pitfalls of the liberal political framework that perpetuate an impoverished view of feminism, as I will address later, this work deserves serious engagement from radical leftists.
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