Entitlement and Misogyny
Kate Manne in conversation with Chiara Ricciardone
This conversation will focus on the way male entitlement works in tandem with misogyny, himpathy, and other oppressive systems to produce unjust, perverse, and sometimes bizarre outcomes. Manne’s analysis of our current culture – spanning Harvey Weinstein, Kristen Roupenian’s story “Cat Person,” the gross injustices Black women face in the medical system, anti-trans policing of restroom access, and Elizabeth Warren’s withdrawal from the presidential race – illustrates the extent of male entitlement’s hold on our society.
Using these and other examples, Manne will explore the social or cultural goods that men are presumed entitled to receive – especially from women – and which women are expected to give, but are not necessarily entitled to receive themselves. This imbalance in entitlement undergirds a wide array of misogynistic phenomena: mansplaining, gaslighting, the incel movement and the acts of violence they sometimes perpetrate, and the pervasive notion of the unelectability of women.
Kate Manne is an associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University. She is the author of the award-winning Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny and she was recently named one of the 'World's Top 10 Thinkers' by Prospect magazine. Her new book Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women was published in August. @kate_manne
Chiara Ricciardone is a writer, scholar, and activist whose research interests range from ancient Greek philosophy, rhetoric, and medicine to critical theory. She is currently the Klemens von Klemperer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center of Bard College, and co-founder of the Activist Graduate School. She is also U.S. Commissioning Editor for this journal. chiararicciardone.net & @BecomingChiara