SOCIAL SCIENCES

Men Who Hate Women: From Incels to Pickup Artists: The Truth about Extreme Misogyny and How It Affects Us All

Sourcebooks. Mar. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9781728236247. $28.99. SOC SCI
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As the creator of the Everyday Sexism Project and author of books such as Everyday Sexism and Girl Up, Bates has taken on the thankless role of exposing sexism in its everyday microaggressions. Her latest book dives deeper into deliberate, radical terrorist acts of gender-based violence against women. She tells the social history of pickup artists, including how this history long predates the internet. From there, she describes how pickup artists, incels, and men’s rights activists have always had a close relationship with misogyny. Pivotal movements in popular culture are interspersed throughout, as mainstream media offers either a window into, or a mirror of, misogyny. In her examination of message boards within the men’s rights movement, Bates reveals how anti-Semitism is common, as are racial and homophobic slurs. This isn’t an easy read, and it shouldn’t be. It is instead a timely account that exposes sexism in its basest, most explicit iterations while simultaneously showing how these practices are part of a systemic form of hate built into culture and perpetuated through microaggressions.
VERDICT Well-researched and meticulously documented, Bates’s book on the power and danger of masculinity should be required reading for us all.
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