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

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

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 now under siege.

Donna Zuckerberg dives deep into the virtual communities of the far right, where men lament their loss of power and privilege, and strategize about how to reclaim them. She finds, mixed in with weightlifting tips and misogynistic vitriol, the words of the Stoics deployed to support an ideal vision of masculine life. On other sites, pickup artists quote Ovid's Ars Amatoria to justify ignoring women's boundaries. By appropriating the Classics, these men lend a veneer of intellectual authority and ancient wisdom to their project of patriarchal white supremacy. In defense or retaliation, feminists have also taken up the Classics online, to counter the sanctioning of violence against women.

Not All Dead White Men reveals that some of the most controversial and consequential debates about the legacy of the ancients are raging not in universities but online.

Title:Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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 wome...

  • 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 "...

  • 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 tha...

  • 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 unders...

  • Linda

    Finally finished this book! At roughly 190 pages, this is a pretty short book. However, it took me more than a month to get through (though I have been reading other books). Zuckerberg’s writing rea...

  • 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’ t...

  • Sarah

    I sincerely appreciate the informed and thoughtful reviews of this book from other readers, many of whom are obviously intelligent and well-credentialed to speak on the subject. But I want to say that...