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Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age

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A disturbing exposé of how today's alt-right men's groups use ancient sources to promote a new brand of toxic masculinity online.

A virulent strain of antifeminism is thriving online that treats women's empowerment as a mortal threat to men and to the integrity of Western civilization. Its proponents cite ancient Greek and Latin texts to support their claims--arguing that t
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 8th 2018 by Harvard University Press
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Colin
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A cogent, readable defense of the field of Classics from those who would appropriate, or rather, misappropriate, our studies for the promotion of foul agendas in service of white nationalism and the "Alt-Right" . . . a must-read for anyone in the field of Greek, Latin, and Classical Humanities!
Ryan Denson
This book is part of a larger movement among classicists in recent years to combat the misappropriation of classics and ancient works by the alt-right. It catalogs and responds to some of the ways that the misogynistic ‘red pill’ online forums misinterpret and twist ancient concepts and ideas to try to legitimize their own ideas. Zuckerberg particularly focuses on the way the different factions of the alt-right has appealed to Stoicism and Ovid’s Ars Amatoria. She convincingly shows that what th ...more
Andrew
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Donna Zuckerberg has provided us with a succinct look at the ways the Red Pill community uses the works of Stoic philosophers to justify their worldview. The book is accessible - I had no issue understanding anything, and I came to the book without any knowledge of Stoic philosophy - and Zuckerberg is an insightful guide. She skillfully illustrates the contradictions of Red Pill arguments, that they use little more than the intellectual brand-name recognition of Marcus Aurelius, Ovid, and others ...more
Jackson Hager
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good read. While the focus was primarly on how the far-right and /r/redpill communities used classics to justify their horrible views on gender, I thought Zuckerburg's book in general serves as a good entrance into understanding the confusing and horrifying world of the "manosphere".

One point I particularly enjoyed and agreed with was Zuckerburg's final argument that just because the classic texts are at best problematic when it comes to the treatment of women, she doesn't believe that j
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Gustav Dinsdag
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Angela Nagele’s pamphlet Kill All Normies raised my awareness of alt-right ideas spreading on internetfora like Reddit and 4Chan. If you don’t visit fora on which the likes of the ‘red pill’ thrive, if you’re (like me) not a very intensive user of these kinds of ‘social’ media at all, you’d never know about the (new) forms this discourse takes on.

In the Netherlands we have some notorious websites like GeenStijl, who delight in being politically incorrect, aggresive and more then a little misogy
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