In his brand new book, The Second Sexism, David Benatar, head of philosophy at the University of Cape Town, puts forward the controversial idea that men are the new victims of sexism, in an age were discrimination against women is far from obsolete.
Elizabeth Day examines Benatar’s claims, and other tales of persecuted men, in an article for The Guardian:
You might not have realised it, but men are being oppressed. In many walks of life, they are routinely discriminated against in ways women are not. So unrecognised is this phenomenon that the mere mention of it will appear laughable to some.
That, at least, is the premise of a book by a South African philosophy professor which claims that sexism against men is a widespread yet unspoken malaise. In The Second Sexism, shortly to be published in the UK, David Benatar, head of the philosophy department at Cape Town University, argues that “more boys drop out of school, fewer men earn degrees, more men die younger, more are incarcerated” and that the issue is so under-researched it has become the prejudice that dare not speak its name.
Benatar will deliver a talk on The Second Sexism on 21 May as part of HUMA’s 2012 seminar series. The talk, entitled “Discrimination against men and boys”, will be in held in the Oppenheimer Institute Building on UCT’s Upper Campus from 1 to 2 PM. Don’t miss it!
- Date: Monday, 21 May 2012
- Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
- Venue: Seminar Room
Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA)
Oppenheimer Institute Building
University of Cape Town | Campus Map
- RSVP: Heather Maytham; 021 650 4592
- The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys by David Benatar
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