MONTREAL, November 14, 2001 ( – McGill University professor Katherine Young and co-author Paul Nathanson argue that men have routinely been portrayed as evil, inadequate, or as honorary women in popular culture since the 1990s. In Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture, they suggest these stereotypes are profoundly disturbing for they both reflect and create hatred and thus further fracture an already fractured society.

The first in an eventual three part series, Spreading Misandry offers an impressive array of evidence from everyday life – case studies from movies, television programs, novels, comic strips, and even greeting cards – to identify a phenomenon that is just now being recognized as a serious cultural problem. Discussing misandry – the hatred of men – the authors make clear that this form of hatred must not be confused with reverse sexism or anger and should neither be trivialized nor excused.

Indeed Dr. Young, a professor of religious studies at McGill, told the National Post her research has attracted some hostility from “ideological feminists” who believe women are superior to men. She added that being a tenured professor made it easier for her to take on the controversial topic without fear of harm to her career.

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