The evils of male entitlement.
Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women is Kate Manne’s follow-up to Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, which won the American Philosophical Association Book Prize in 2019. Down Girl held that misogyny is a systemic issue, not just a vice some people have. It also coined the term and asserted the harmfulness of “himpathy,” a dubious kind of sympathy that people often have toward male perpetrators.
These ideas are central to Entitled’s thesis that “an illegitimate sense of male entitlement gives rise to a wide range of misogynistic behavior.”
When a woman fails to give a man what he’s supposedly owed, she will often face punishment and reprisal—whether from him, his himpathetic supporters, or the misogynistic social structures in which she is embedded.
Sundry evils are supposedly traceable to male entitlement. These range from husbands’ failure to do their fair share of household chores, to doctors’ inordinate skepticism of female patients who say they’re in pain, to the prevalence of “mansplaining,” to Harvey Weinstein. Violence perpetrated by “incels”—involuntary celibate men who are radicalized online—is clearly motivated by some combination of misogyny and general resentment. Manne would have us believe that this fringe internet subculture is an especially
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