Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2001 - Social Science - 370 pages
Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young argue that men have routinely been portrayed as evil, inadequate, or as honorary women in popular culture since the 1990s. These stereotypes are profoundly disturbing, the authors argue, for they both reflect and create a hatred and thus further fracture an already fractured society. In Spreading Misandry they show that creating a workable society in the twenty-first century requires us to rethink feminist and other assumptions about men.
The first in an eventual three part series, Spreading Misandry offers an impressive array of evidence from everyday life – case studies from movies, television programs, novels, comic strips, and even greeting cards – to identify a phenomenon that is just now being recognised as a serious cultural problem. Discussing misandry – the sexist counterpart of misogyny – the authors make clear that this form of hatred must not be confused with reverse sexism or anger and should neither be trivialised nor excused. They break new ground by discussing misandry in moral terms rather than purely psychological or sociological ones and refer critically not only to feminism but to political ideologies on both the left and the right. They also illuminate the larger context of this problem, showing that it reflects the enduring conflict between the Enlightenment and romanticism, inherent flaws in postmodernism, and the dualistic ("us" versus "them") mentality that has influenced Western thought since ancient times. A groundbreaking study, Spreading Misandry raises serious questions about justice and identity in an increasingly polarised society. It is important for anyone in interested in ethics, gender, popular culture, or are just concerned about the society we are creating. "Spreading Misandry . . . does make a convincing argument that, since the 1990s, . . . Men, have become society's official scapegoats and held responsible for all evil . . . Women are society's official victims and held responsible for all good."--Independent on Sunday, 4 August, 2002


Introduction Misandry In Popular Culture
Laughing at Men The Last of Vaudeville
Looking Down on Men Separate but Unequal
Bypassing Men Women Alone Together
Blaming Men A History of Their Own
Dehumanizing Men From Bad Boys to Beasts
Demonizing Men The Devil Is a Man
Making the World Safe for Ideology The Roots of Misandry
The Misandric Week on Television
Misandric Movie Genres
Populist or Elitist? Talk Shows in the Context of Democracy
Deconstructionists and Jacques Derrida Founding Hero
Film Theory and Ideological Feminism
Into the TwentyFirst Century

QuasiMisandric Movies

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