Many men behave with a sense of entitlement that hampers women’s ability to live autonomously and pursue equal access to essentials such as health care and career opportunities. Philosophy professor Kate Manne describes entitlement as a misogynistic desire to preserve masculine power and privilege in areas men historically controlled. She combines essay-like prose with exhaustive research and political analysis to dismantle myths that justify male privilege in law enforcement, government and private life. Manne hopes today’s girls inherit a world in which men don’t block women from living healthy, fulfilling lives.
To understand misogyny, Manne suggests viewing it as a method by which society enforces patriarchal expectations and norms by threatening women and girls with gender-based hostility. People rationalize misogyny based on sexism, which is a set of ideas, assumptions and beliefs justifying men’s domination of women.