About the Book
Philosopher and sociologist Raphaël Liogier has closely followed the staggering outpouring of accounts of sexual harassment and rape from the many women’s voices that comprise the #MeToo movement. Deeply compelled by the movement’s importance and fueled by a personal sense of disgust and dismay, Liogier draws on his academic expertise to examine the underlying causes of gender inequality and how we can fight against it in the timely, self-reflexive book HEART OF MALENESS: An Exploration (Other Press Paperback Original; On-Sale January 28, 2020).
In the brazenness of Donald Trump, who brags about groping women, in the hypocrisy of outspoken progressives whose private behavior belies their so-called feminist ideals, and even occasionally in the good intentions of men such as Liogier who strive to be allies, we discover the influence of a deep-seated fantasy of male dominance. Conscious of his position as a white, affluent, heterosexual, cisgender male, Liogier does not engage with #MeToo through the privilege of a false sense of distance nor does he attempt to speak for women. Instead, Liogier uses his own distress, self-questioning, and academic training to dissect the contradictions guiding men’s perceptions of women. HEART OF MALENESS anatomizes the cultural imagination that shapes misogyny, demonstrating how stunning inequalities are sustained through common perceptions and everyday behaviors that rest on long histories.
With candor and clarity, Liogier demonstrates how the archetypal Prince Charming and a serial predator like Harvey Weinstein are two sides of the same coin – products of a worldviefairy tales and epic quests that “rescue” passive women, to the public catcallers and men who feel justified in pursuing women who have turned them down, the fantasy of male dominance recurs over and over again as a denial of women as free subjects in the philosophical sense. Liogier makes visible the contemporary influence and damaging impact of the powerful anw that not only places men’s desires above women’s, but also fundamentally doubts that women are even capable of knowing what they want. From the heroes of d prevalent fiction that the free will of women is somehow incomplete, that their modes of expressing their will are always somehow deficient, and that their own desires remain a mystery to them.
Recent years have witnessed significant progress toward gender equality, from the ousting of prominent men accused of sexual misconduct to the unprecedented popularity of the 2019 Women's World Cup. HEART OF MALENESS maps out the crucial work still to be done, first and foremost by addressing the core male fantasy about women's bodies and minds.
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About the Author
Raphaël Liogier is a philosopher and sociologist. He is a professor at Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence and teaches at the Collège international de philosophie in Paris. He is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Council for European Studies. His major works include Le Mythe de l’islamisation, La guerre des civilisations n’aura pas lieu, and Sans emploi.
Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator. His recent translations include Kill the Father and Kill the Angel by Sandrone Dazieri, The Catholic School by Edoardo Albinati, Everything Is Broken Up and Dances by Edoardo Nesi and Guido Maria Brera, and Notes on a Shipwreck by Davide Enia.
In this timely, self-reflective essay, a groundbreaking sociologist and philosopher examines the underlying causes of gender inequality and how we can fight against it.
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