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This set surveys American misogyny in all its cultural forms, from popular music, film, and education to healthcare, politics, and business. The work also assesses proposals to confront and reduce such expressions of hatred.
The essays contained in this two-volume set explore misogyny within various areas of American culture to demonstrate its pervasiveness and identify common foundations of its many presentations. Beyond a basic definition of misogyny, which includes hatred of women and girls and the ways in which this hatred and distrust influences action, speech, discrimination, policy, and culture in the United States, this project also aims to expand and complicate definitions of misogyny in order to provide readers with a robust introduction to and understanding of the larger topic.
Given the current political and cultural climate and the more frequent and widespread use of the term "misogyny" by various media outlets and voters during the 2016 presidential election, this book has the potential both to contribute to ongoing conversations on misogyny and, among its intended audience of advanced high school, beginning college students and the general public, to inform a shift currently unfolding in public conversation on the topic.
- Engages readers in an exploration of the history and impact of as well as current trends in and responses to misogyny on various areas of American culture to demonstrate its pervasiveness and its common foundations
- Illustrates the role of digital and social media in both amplifying misogyny and serving as a site for response to and action against misogyny
- Demonstrates that patterns of misogynistic behaviors and actions are evident throughout US history, with contemporary forms of harassment and violence often replicating those of previous decades and even centuries
- Provides a chronology of events and an appendix of organizations and agencies involved in confronting and combating misogyny in American society for ease of reference
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"[T]here are few encyclopedias devoted solely to the subject. . . . Students of women's studies, gender, sociology, and political science will find this an excellent starting point for research."
"An introduction gives an overview of the history of misogynistic attitudes and explains how the current political environment has caused an increase in incidents. . .This collection would be an excellent start for further research or as a quick overview."
Best Reference Book of 2018 — Library Journal
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