Misogyny in American Culture: Causes, Trends, and Solutions

2 vols. Greenwood. Oct. 2018. 870p. ed. by Letizia Guglielmo. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781440853814. $198; ebk. ISBN 9781440853821. SOC SCI
OrangeReviewStarDefining misogyny as the silencing of women's voices and restriction of their autonomy, Guglielmo (English, interdisciplinary studies, coordinator, gender and women's studies, Kennesaw State Univ.) presents 23 signed articles by more than 40 contributors (mostly academics), on everything from advertising, beauty and fashion, and marriage to science, entertainment, politics, and violence, and more. Each absorbing, easy-to-read article includes an introduction, historical review, analysis of current trends, related sidebars, occasional case study, and a bibliography. Content is up to date, as evidenced by discussions of social movements such as #MeToo and #MediaWeLike, film producer Harvey Weinstein's harassment and assault of women, and President Donald Trump's statements about women and individuals from marginalized communities. Volume 2 offers a chronology that charts examples of misogyny from 1600 to 2017 and a list of relevant organizations. Though there are many titles on the topic, such as Sheila Jeffreys's Beauty and Misogyny and Diane Wachtell's Wolf Whistle Politics, there are few encyclopedias devoted solely to the subject, making this a crucial addition and complementing The Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender, Constance L. Shehan's Gender Roles in American Life, and Mary Kosut's Encyclopedia of Gender in Media.
VERDICT Students of women's studies, gender, sociology, and political science will find this an excellent starting point for research.

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