Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny

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Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny
AuthorKate Manne
SubjectAnalytic feminism
Published2017 (Oxford University Press)[1]

Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny is a book by Kate Manne, treating misogyny in the tradition of analytic feminist philosophy.[1][2][3][4] The book won the Association of American Publishers 2019 PROSE Award in Philosophy[5] (as one category in the Humanities), as well as the overall 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities.[6]


Manne proposes that patriarchy, sexism, and misogyny are distinct: sexism is an ideology justifying patriarchy, while misogyny enforces patriarchy by punishing women who deviate from patriarchy.[7] Manne believes dehumanization of women is not necessary for misogynist violence.[8]


In Down Girl, Manne introduces the term himpathy, "the excessive sympathy shown toward male perpetrators of sexual violence," and develops the concept in the context of her analysis of the People v. Turner sexual assault trial. The term received media exposure in Manne's New York Times op-ed, "Brett Kavanaugh and America's 'Himpathy' Reckoning",[9] and in titles and headlines in Vox,[10] Jezebel,[11] CNN,[12] The Chronicle of Higher Education,[13] and The Christian Post.[14] In the book's preface, Manne credits her husband with coining the term.


British philosopher Nigel Warburton chose the book as the best philosophy book in 2018.[15]

The American Philosophical Association awarded its biennial Book Prize to Down Girl in 2019. In the prize announcement, the Association wrote: "Manne has succeeded in measurably improving the quality of public discourse on very timely and vexed issues by writing a book that is both accessible and rigorous."[16]


  1. ^ a b Manne, Kate "Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny", Published 8 November 2017 by Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780190604981, Retrieved on 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ Alford, Caddie (2019-08-08). "Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, by Kate Manne". Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 49 (4): 439–443. doi:10.1080/02773945.2019.1601977. ISSN 0277-3945.
  3. ^ Yap, Audrey (2019). "Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne". Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 29 (1): 10–17. doi:10.1353/ken.2019.0003.
  4. ^ Berenstain, Nora (2019). "Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, by Kate Manne". Mind. 128 (512): 1360–1371. doi:10.1093/mind/fzy082.
  5. ^ "Association of American Publishers Announces Subject Category Winners of 2019 PROSE Awards". Association of American Publishers Announces Subject Category Winners of 2019 PROSE Awards. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  6. ^ "2019 Award Winners". PROSE Awards. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  7. ^ "Guardian Review", Retrieved on 12 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Book Review by Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal", Retrieved on 12 November 2018.
  9. ^ Manne, Kate (2018-09-26). "Opinion | Brett Kavanaugh and America's 'Himpathy' Reckoning". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  10. ^ Illing, Sean (2018-09-27). "Brett Kavanaugh and the problem of "himpathy"". Vox. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  11. ^ Edwards, Stassa. "Philosopher Kate Manne on 'Himpathy,' Donald Trump, and Rethinking the Logic of Misogyny". Jezebel. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  12. ^ Berlatsky, Noah (2018-09-18). "Why Kavanaugh should make men question 'himpathy'". CNN. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  13. ^ Germano, William (2018-09-30). "'Himpathy' Is a Societal Illness. But at Least We Have a Word for It". The Chronicle of Higher Education Blogs: Lingua Franca. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  14. ^ "Kavanaugh and 'Himpathy'". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  15. ^ Roell, Sophie. "The Best Philosophy Books of 2018: recommended by Nigel Warburton". Five Books. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  16. ^ "2019 APA Prizes: Fall Edition". The American Philosophical Association. University of Delaware. 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2020.