From Harvey Weinstein and the Brett Kavanaugh hearings to ‘Cat Person’ and the political misfortunes of Elizabeth Warren, author and philosopher Kate Manne will show how privileged men’s sense of entitlement - to sex, yes, but more insidiously to admiration, care, bodily autonomy, knowledge, and power - is a pervasive social problem with often devastating consequences.
Drawing on her book, Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women, Kate will argue that male entitlement can explain a wide array of phenomena, from mansplaining and the undertreatment of women’s pain to mass shootings by incels and the seemingly intractable notion that women are ‘unelectable’. Moreover, she implicates each of us in toxic masculinity, revealing how it’s not just a product of a few bad actors; it’s something we all perpetuate, conditioned as we are by the social and cultural mores of our time.
The only way to combat it, Kate will argue, is to expose the flaws in our default modes of thought while enabling women to take up space, say their piece, and muster resistance to the entitled attitudes of the men around them.
This event is hosted live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.
You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.
About the speaker
Kate Manne is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University, USA, where she has taught since 2013. She did her graduate work at MIT and was a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. The author of Down Girl, she has written for The New York Times, Boston Review, HuffPost, The Times Literary Supplement, and Politico, among other publications. She was recently named one of the “World’s Top 10 Thinkers” by Prospect (UK).