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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Misogyny as a cross-cultural phenomenon

Hilzoy on "Honor killings" in Syria:
what possible conception of honor could involve being so strict about sexual morality that even sex that's completely involuntary counts as a stain on one's honor, but so loose about murder that the killing of innocents can be tolerated by it, much less required?

Meanwhile, Amanda on Robert Jensen’s book Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity.
People routinely assume that pornography is such a difficult and divisive issue because it’s about sex. In fact, this culture struggles unsuccessfully with pornography because it is about men’s cruelty to women, and the pleasure men sometimes take in that cruelty. And that is much more difficult for people — men and women — to face.

So, class, compare and contrast misogyny in these two societies. Are there common male impulses behind honor killings and porn, or are they arbitrary responses of different societies?

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