SOCIAL SCIENCES

Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women

Crown. Aug. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781984826558. $27. SOC SCI
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Most of the topics discussed throughout—the expectation that women should freely give housework, childcare, and sex and refrain from claiming positions of power and intellectual space—will certainly be known to readers familiar with the overall issue; indeed, several incidents in this book, such as the 2014 Isla Vista killings and the furor of the 2016 election, are ones that Manne has discussed more abstractly in her previous work. She also describes the influence of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, and continues the conversation on “himpathy,” or sympathy towards male perpetrators of sexual violence, that began in Down Girl. Manne’s philosophical approach provides valuable fresh insights, with the chapter on the disparity in health care being of note.
VERDICT An effective text on how women are affected by the assumed privileges of men, and the structural forces that enforce and uphold those privileges.

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