The Second Sexism
Discrimination Against Men and Boys
Does sexism against men exist? What it looks like and why we need to take it seriously
This book draws attention to the "second sexism," where it exists, how it works and what it looks like, and responds to those who would deny that it exists. Challenging conventional ways of thinking, it examines controversial issues such as sex-based affirmative action, gender roles, and charges of anti-feminism. The book offers an academically rigorous argument in an accessible style, including the careful use of empirical data, and includes examples and engages in a discussion of how sex discrimination against men and boys also undermines the cause for female equality.
David Benatar is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence (2006).
"I recommend The Second Sexism to scholars who investigate gender relations, and I urge academic feminists to take Benatar's thesis seriously and to respond to it with respect rather than with disbelief or derision." ( American Philosophical Association's Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy , 1 May 2013) "This book simply must be read ... Highly, highly recommended." ( Mens News Daily , 4 January 2013) "The Second Sexismis well researched, with voluminous references. As such, it serves the useful function of raising consciousness about an important social issue. Benatar's research makes a strong case for an in-depth examination of the injustices and discriminations that men suffer in this and other societies in the 21st century." ( PsycINFO/PsycCRITIQUES , 21 November 2012) "The Second Sexism is a strong and early step on the way to the awareness, amelioration, and treatment of a widespread and unaddressed problem that affects a not insignificant portion of the human population." ( New Male Studies Review 3 , Jonathan Badiali's , 26 September 2012) "Benatar's analysis brings much needed clarity to contemporary debates in gender studies, whose discourse runs the risk of becoming stagnant and dogmatic against a constantly changing social backdrop. Benatar does well to remind us that it is not only females who are constrained and disadvantaged by the roles that they have been socially encouraged to take up." ( New Male Studies Review 2 , J.P. Messina's , 26 September 2012) "And now, thanks to Professor Benatar, we have an incisive, comprehensive discussion of the phenomenon that feminism has unwittingly brought to the forefront ... The writing is jargon-free. As a philosopher, Professor Benatar is attentive to conceptual nuance and clear, precise usage." ( New Male Studies Review 1 , Miles Groth's , 26 September 2012) "This is a very well-argued book that presents an unorthodox thesis and defends it ably. It would be a useful text in both undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy and gender studies, where it is certain to arouse a lot of discussion, much of it excited. Since it is very clearly written, and would be interesting and accessible also to the educated layperson. Most importantly, however, it is likely to change our understanding of gender relations." ( Metapsychology , 21 August 2012)