An urgent exploration of men’s entitlement and how it serves to police and punish women, from the acclaimed author of Down Girl
“Kate Manne is a thrilling and provocative feminist thinker. Her work is indispensable.”—Rebecca Traister
In this bold and stylish critique, Cornell philosopher Kate Manne offers a radical new framework for understanding misogyny. Ranging widely across the culture, from Harvey Weinstein and the Brett Kavanaugh hearings to “Cat Person” and the political misfortunes of Elizabeth Warren, Manne’s book shows how privileged men’s sense of entitlement—to sex, yes, but more insidiously to admiration, care, bodily autonomy, knowledge, and power—is a pervasive social problem with often devastating consequences.
In clear, lucid prose, Manne argues that male entitlement can explain a wide array of phenomena, from mansplaining and the undertreatment of women’s pain to mass shootings by incels and the seemingly intractable notion that women are “unelectable.” Moreover, Manne implicates each of us in toxic masculinity: It’s not just a product of a few bad actors; it’s something we all perpetuate, conditioned as we are by the social and cultural mores of our time. The only way to combat it, she says, is to expose the flaws in our default modes of thought while enabling women to take up space, say their piece, and muster resistance to the entitled attitudes of the men around them.
With wit and intellectual fierceness, Manne sheds new light on gender and power and offers a vision of a world in which women are just as entitled as men to our collective care and concern.
About the Author
Kate Manne is an associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University, where she has taught since 2013. She did her graduate work at MIT and was a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. The author of Down Girl, Manne has written for The New York Times, Boston Review, HuffPost, The Times Literary Supplement, and Politico, among other publications. She was recently named one of the “World’s Top 10 Thinkers” by Prospect (UK).
“One of the qualities that makes Manne’s writing bracing and even thrilling to read is her refusal to ingratiate herself by softening the edges of her resolve. . . . She’s like a pathologist wielding a scalpel, methodically dissecting various specimens of muddled argument to reveal the diseased tissue inside.”—The New York Times
“Manne’s concept of entitlement is versatile and useful; like the theory of gravity, it has equal power in explaining phenomena both big and small.”—The New Yorker
“With perspicacity and clear, jargon-free language, Manne keeps elevating the discussion to show how male privilege isn’t just about securing and hoarding spoils from women, but an entire moral framework.”—The Guardian
“[A] clear-eyed analysis of misogyny [with] an element of timeliness that translates to something of a gut punch . . . Reading the book is in fact a bit like taking a sweeping tour, a la It’s a Wonderful Life, of one’s history experiencing misogyny, except Manne is a sharper, more astute Clarence. . . . Cathartic.”—Mother Jones
“Entitled is the perfect guide to fight an imperfect world.”—Times Higher Education
“Entitled is not just timely, but timeless—sure to be part of the feminist canon.”—Jessica Valenti, columnist and author of Sex Object: A Memoir
“Entitled is the work of a once-in-a-generation mind, and as always, Manne succeeds in leaving feminism richer and more robust than when she found it.”—Moira Donegan, columnist, The Guardian
“Kate Manne has a special talent for articulating and expanding on the implicit norms of patriarchal society—and the damage those norms wreak on its citizenry. Entitled is electric.”—Darcy Lockman, author of All the Rage
“Manne weaves feminist theory through a multitude of incidents that reveal patriarchy’s spellbinding matrix, giving us the vocabulary and the stories to . . . push for a more equitable world. Entitled is essential reading.”—Kimberlé Crenshaw, UCLA School of Law and editor of Critical Race Theory
“Kate Manne is among the greatest political philosophers of her generation. Her work is clear, compelling and intellectually devastating . . .”—Laurie Penny, author of Unspeakable Things
“Kate Manne is the Simone de Beauvoir of the 21st century . . . [Her] writing is as breezy as it is sharp and unflinching, and will give any patriarchy-fighter the ammo she needs to keep fighting.”—Amanda Marcotte, author of Troll Nation
“Entitled is a clarion call to undo the intimate ravages of patriarchy. . . .”—Imani Perry, author of Breathe