Donald Trump claims to “cherish women,” but his gendered insults suggest otherwise. But what if there was a clear rationale behind his apparent doublethink? In our forum “The Logic of Misogyny,” Kate Manne argues that misogyny is not about hating women. It is about keeping them in “their place”—below men—in the patriarchal order. Vivian Gornick, Christina Hoff Sommers, Tali Mendelberg, Doug Henwood, Imani Perry, Susan J. Brison, and Amber A’Lee Frost respond. Michael Bronski argues that if gay liberation hadn’t happened—with its impractical desire to upend society—then the gay rights movement would never have won its legal battles. Mike Konczal challenges a guiding principle of conservatives, pointing out it is absurd to believe that problems created by global deregulation can be solved at the local level. Donna Murch shows how personal debt is once again landing people in jail, even though debtors’ prison was outlawed more than a century ago. Also: Anne Fausto-Sterling asks how soon is too soon for trans kids to transition; Colin Dayan on the cruelties the South doles out to animals, children, and black folks; and Oded Na’aman describes how Israel tricks itself into believing war is necessary. Plus new poetry by John Ashbery, Rae Armantrout, Charif Shanahan, Rebecca Liu, and more.
KATE MANNE DEBATES
SUSAN J. BRISON, IMANI PERRY, CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS, AMBER A’LEE FROST, TALI MENDELBERG, DOUG HENWOOD, AND VIVIAN GORNICK.
Books & Ideas
B. William Bearhart introduced by Natalie Diaz
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