Over the past few years, the outpouring of stories of sexual harassment and violence perpetrated by men against women of all ages and backgrounds has catalyzed significant movements—#metoo and #timesup among others—around women's rights, particularly in the workplace.
Following the shocking, infuriating accounts shared as part of the #MeToo movement, sociologist and philosopher Raphaël Liogier felt compelled to reassess toxic masculinity as the deepest root of gender inequality and its many manifestations. In his English-language debut, Heart of Maleness: An Exploration, Liogier offers an incisive critique of the Western cultural construct of “maleness.” He traces ideas of virility and its “negative corollary,” femininity, to the archaic practice of “measuring a man’s status by the number of women he possesses,” and argues that in order to solve gender inequality society must break down the “fantasy” of male dominance.
His new book focues on everything from serial abuser Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump to Hollywood stereotypes about women's consent. He also offers French President Emmanuel Macron’s marriage to a woman 25 years his senior as an example of a liberated relationship. He offers a clear call for men to reexamine the ways they’ve been conditioned to view and desire women, and for society to rethink its concepts of maleness and male dominance even as he says it continues to imply that the female free will is somehow deficient.
Please join us for a unique and important conversation on the crucial work that still needs to be done to change how we think about gender.
Photo copyright and by Stéphane Giloppe, Giloppe Photography
February 19, 2020
Outdoor Art Club One West Blithedale Mill Valley, 94941 United States
Visiting scholar, Council for European Studies, Columbia University; Author, Heart of Maleness: An Exploration
6:30 p.m. check-in and reception 7–8:30 p.m. program
8:30 p.m. book signing
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