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
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Preface; 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 Beats; Demonizing Men: The Devil Is a Man; Making the World Safe for Ideology: The Roots of Misandry; Conclusion Appendix 1: Quasi-Misandric Movies; Appendix 2: The Misandric Wee on Television; Appendix 3: Misandric Movie Genres; Appendix 4: Populist or Elitist: Talk Shows in the Context of Democracy; Appendix 5: Deconstructionists and Jacques Derrida, Founding Hero; Appendix 6: Film Theory and Ideological Feminism
Paul Nathanson is a researcher, religious studies, McGill University, and author of Over the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America. Katherine K. Young is James McGill Professor, religious studies, McGill University. She has published e