Not All Dead White Men by Donna Zuckerberg

Not All Dead White Men

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 they articulate a model of masculinity that sustained generations but is no...

Details Not All Dead White Men

TitleNot All Dead White Men
Release DateOct 8th, 2018
PublisherHarvard University Press
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Politics, Sociology, Writing, Books About Books, Gender

Reviews Not All Dead White Men

  • Colin
    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!
  • Olivia
    A highly disturbing read about white men who appropriate Classics - stoicism, Ovid, and the myth of Phaedra - to prove that we live in a gynocentric society biased against men and that autonomous women will be the downfall of Western civilization. These assertions justify their vitriolic attacks against women online and their manipulation or sexual assault of women in person. Although many feminists are aware of the Red Pill and Pick-up Artist co...
  • 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 Ov...
  • Andrew
    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-nam...
  • Jackson Hager
    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 ...
  • Gustav Dinsdag
    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 be...