Book Launch: Donna Zuckerberg
Museum of Cultural History presents Donna Zuckerberg and her attention-grabbing book Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age (Harvard University Press 2018).
There is a virtual world where misogynists meet.
Zuckerberg calls this world “the red pill community” after an online forum for white, heterosexual men that perceives feminism as a damaging ideology. The name “the red pill” is inspired by the film The Matrix (1999), where the protagonist is given the choice between a blue pill, representing blissful ignorance, and a red one, for the painful truth. “Truth”, according to the members of such fora, is that it is their own existence that is in danger. Misogyny and racism are necessary for their survival. They promote their agenda through detached examples from classical literature and art. Participants derive from a wide range of social groups, from political authorities to pick-up artists and sexual assailants. And they are frightfully numerous.
The book has attracted a great number of readers, and provoked just as many more, exposing Zuckerberg to massive attacks by trolls. You can read more about it, and order it, here.
Zuckerberg earned her PhD at Princeton University and is the editor-in-chief of the journal Eidolon.
Free access, but requires registration
- The red pill: A panel discussion about rightwing antifeminism on the web and the use and misuse of classical antiquity
Time and place: May 24, 2019