51% #1574: Misogyny

Sep 25, 2019

On this week’s 51%, we’ll spend some time with a philosophy professor and discuss misogyny; plus, you’ll hear the Massachusetts twist on women’s suffrage.

Kate Manne is an associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University, where she has been teaching since 2013. Prior, she was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She did her graduate work in philosophy at MIT. Her focus is on moral philosophy, feminist philosophy and social philosophy. Manne’s book, “Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny” talks about the nature, function and persistence of misogyny. I asked her to define the term. 

That was Kate Manne, author of “Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny.” She is associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University, and is working on her next book, “Entitled.” She is speaking at the Omega Women's Leadership Center’s “Women & Power: Gathering Our Strength” conference. The conference takes place September 27-29 at Omega in Rhinebeck, New York.

Women have had the right to vote in the U.S. for a century — after a long and difficult battle that spanned generations. Barbara Berenson is the author of “Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers.” The core of the book is an argument that Bay State suffragists have been given short shrift by history, and that their efforts were on the bleeding edge of a national struggle. Berenson spoke to 51%’s Josh Landes about her book and the overlap between suffragists and abolitionists. 

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