Heart Of Maleness


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In this timely, self-reflective essay, a dynamic sociologist and philosopher examines the causes and effects of gender inequality and how we can fight against it.

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Raphael Liogier is a philosopher and sociologist. He is a professor at Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence and teaches at the Coll ge 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 by Sandrone Dazieri, Ferocity by Nicola Lagioia, Everything Is Broken Up and Dances by Edoardo Nesi and Guido Maria Brera, and Notes on a Shipwreck by Davide Enia.


"Important...[a] thoughtful, topical read." -Kirkus Reviews

"An incisive critique of the Western cultural construct of 'maleness.'...a call for men to reexamine the ways they've 'been conditioned to view and desire women,' this short book achieves its goals." -Publishers Weekly

"Eminently readable...[Liogier] unpacks the historical justifications for male supremacy and argues for the urgency of renouncing it...[the] French philosopher lives up to his country's proud feminist tradition." -Shelf Awareness

"Remarkable. I hope many men will read this book. It is so encouraging for it to have been written, published, and discussed." -Christine Delphy, cofounder of the Mouvement de liberation des femmes and, with Simone de Beauvoir, Nouvelles questions feministes

"What Liogier has done here is to begin the long and arduous process of unknotting generations' worth of thought, experience, and manipulation that have created a system of power and inequality that endangers all of us. It's no easy task, but as Heart of Maleness shows, the dangerous and profoundly unfair status quo of gender must be reassessed, reexamined, and deconstructed, and ultimately replaced. This is an incredibly important beginning." -Jared Yates Sexton, author of The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making

"[Liogier] has risen to the occasion, writing one of the first personal essays in which a man talks very directly to other men about what it means to be a 'virile' heterosexual man, and what it means to interact with women in this capacity." -EuropeNow

"[Liogier] dissects the mechanisms that have led to recent events [related to the #MeToo movement]...Brilliant and rewarding." -Psychologies

"A deep dive into the archaic roots of the patriarchal system." -L'Obs

"Liogier is among those who have seized the opportunity offered by the #MeToo movement to review their own ways of perpetuating, very often inadvertently, sexist stereotypes." -Le Temps (Switzerland)

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