A waiter initially tried to bar Komisar's entry; once she was inside, some customers booed her, and another dumped a beer on her head. August 10, By Nina Renata Aron. Misogyny is everywhere. The word, which conventionally means hatred of women, was once a radical accusation.
On one end of the spectrum, the term is used to describe societal inequity, evidenced by things such as the gendered wage gap in the United States, the difficulties women have in finding adequate medical care and the career-destroying prerogatives of men like Les Moonves.
A look at archival photographs, including those from The New York Times, shows how, as the term came into popular use, misogyny has also been a part of our visual landscape, from headline news to everyday experience. One report indicated that a mongoose in Kenya might be a misogynist. Disdain for women, it is sometimes argued, is also the reason certain corners of pop culture are dismissed.
Hating the Kardashians has also been read as anti-woman, because in so doing we reduce the celebrity sisters to mere stereotypes. So, misogyny is having a moment, in more ways than one, but it also has a long history. The term emerged in the 17th century, in response to an anti-woman pamphlet written by an English fencing master named Joseph Swetnam.
Not surprisingly, the pamphlet drew several published responses from women. We are despised … We are the victims of continuous, malevolent, and sanctioned violence against us.
Her writing is a strident and raw look at the systemic bias affecting the everyday experiences of women. Was there actual hatred lurking beneath every meeting with your boss or commanding officer, every date, sermon, novel, TV commercial? Yes, Dworkin insisted. At the time, this was a radical idea — and to many it still is. This understanding of misogyny became a commonly held idea among feminists: the issue was structural.
In this broadened meaning, happily married men, men with daughters and women themselves can be implicated. But can that one word do all this work? Can it describe some of the worst, most violent impulses in our world and everyday acts of gender bias? Should we use the same term to describe marital rape and the dearth of strong female leads on TV?
It turns out, it already is, and we already are. Some dictionaries have taken note. The word used to be a strong, personal indictment, ugly as it hit the ears. But paradoxically, even as the term becomes more commonplace, it has grown more trenchant. It captures the cognitive dissonance of our moment, in which women are seemingly reviled and revered, running for president and still fighting for paid maternity leave.
Women are pathetic when we are angry. Women are ridiculous when we are militant. Women are unpleasant when we are bitter, no matter what the cause. Women are deranged when women want justice. Women are man-haters when women want accountability and respect from men. That sounds a lot like a recent Nike ad that aired during the Oscars, to a warm reception on social media. And if we dream of equal opportunity, delusional.
Nina Renata Aron is a writer living in Oakland, Calif. She is writing a book about addiction and love. Supported by.Add misogyny to one of your lists below, or create a new one.
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Another 'imaginative disposition' of the medieval reader should also be mentioned, little though we may be inclined to commend it: a traditional and bitter misogyny. Indeed, her misogyny was intrinsic to her feminism.
The female's excess of life, vitality and proximity to nature accounted for his every display of envy, competitiveness and misogyny.
What's the Difference Between Misogyny and Sexism?
While his misogyny and imperialism may seem alien and indeed abhorrent to modern readers, the book's value as a historical document remains undiminished. In it he addressed the issue of misogyny in rap lyrics, and used the phrase, 'get your woman on the floor', as an example of a rapper's misogynistic intent. Beerbohm's self-restraint was accompanied, in typical dandy fashion, by self-protective misogynyas he tried to maintain the opposition between female flamboyance and male discipline.
This kind of casual misogyny appears to be acceptable: it was not criticised elsewhere in that issue of the magazine or in the letters pages of subsequent issues.
Is this gross example of misogyny to be allowed to continue? From the Hansard archive. Example from the Hansard archive. Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3. We have to deal with the kind of misogyny that leads to this suffering and grief. From Europarl Parallel Corpus - English. Misogyny has been characterised as a prominent feature of the mythologies of the ancient world as well as of various religions.This is especially true for people from marginalized groups.
Often, the media, the government, legal systems, and our communities treat us as inferior, leading us to feel like we truly are inferior. This is what we call internalized oppression. When it comes to women who believe they are inferior to men, we call it internalized misogyny. Internalized misogyny shows up in many ways, including in saying harmful things about other women, as well as doubting yourself because of your gender.
Having internalized misogyny is a natural response to a harmful society. Personally, I used to say and think so many misogynistic things, especially when I was in high school, without even realizing how problematic my thought process was. It takes a long time to heal from this sort of mentality. But in order to challenge the patriarchywe have to be willing to recognize how the patriarchy affects our thoughts and actions.
To heal from internalized misogynywe first have to recognize how it manifests. Of course, no girl is like other girls. No person from any group is like anyone else from that group, because no group is a monolith. Every single girl will differ to every other girl in some way, based on their experiences, hobbies, preferences, and beliefs.
I like soccer. At the end of the day, we should be proud to be like other girls. Girls are the bomb. This phrase reflects a really harmful stereotype: the notion that women are overdramatic and men are logical and calm. The widespread idea of women as overdramatic makes it easier for men to gaslight us when we speak out about our oppressionas our anger towards sexism is dismissed as exaggerations of the truth.
One way the patriarchy controls women — and often femme-identifying people — is through policing their sexuality. We prescribe how, when, where, and with whom women should have sex, and we shun women who demonstrate autonomy and sexual agency. This implies that our bodies are not our own, but rather public entities other people are entitled to judge. Sex-shaming is, sadly, something many of us women do to one another.
We sometimes compare ourselves to other women in order to look superior, which here implies that our value is tied to our sexual behavior. Women who only want to sleep with one person at a time? Support them. Women who only want to have sex after getting married? Women who never want to have sexever?To save this word, you'll need to log in. Each of these roots can be found in other English words, both common and obscure.
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Keep scrolling for more.There are so many ways that internalized misogyny shows up in our lives that it's difficult not to be. Internalized misogyny does not refer outright to a belief in the inferiority of women. It refers to the byproducts of this societal view that cause women to shame, doubt, and undervalue themselves and others of their gender. It shows up even in the most feminist and socially conscious of us.
And it's insidious. If internalized misogyny were an intentional plan of patriarchy — which it isn't; it's just an automatic effect of it — it would be a brilliant one. It allows women to perpetuate the oppression imposed on them for centuries without any effort on anyone's part.
If you notice signs that you have internalized the sexism directed toward you, don't be hard on yourself. How could you not? It's in the air we breath. Still, it's helpful to be aware.
Awareness of any form of sexism lets us question it rather than take its toxic messages at face value. So, here are some phenomena in your everyday life that might very well reflect internalized misogyny.
Don't get me wrong: We should all feel free to take pride in any of our qualities regardless of our gender. But sometimes, women value their "feminine" qualities more than their "masculine" ones or strive toward "feminine" qualities at the expense of their well being. For example, being small is considered feminine. When we take pride in ourselves for being skinny because we're conforming to the ideal of women as unimposing and ascetic and conventionally "beautiful," not because that's how our body just iswe are perpetuating a standard of beauty that harms us.
Though we are encouraged to attain some "feminine" qualities, like smallness, we are discouraged from cultivating others, like the propensity to cry. We are supposed to be sensitive, but not too sensitive; otherwise, we are called irrational.
So sometimes, when we act "masculine" by resisting emotion, we feel like that is superior to expressing ourselves. But that very idea is based in misogyny. If tears were associated with men, they'd probably be considered a sign of bravery. If you find yourself wanting to act "masculine" for reasons other than just being yourself, it is very understandable, but also may have misogynistic roots.
When we consider ourselves a rare exception to our gender for being easygoing or strong or more focused on inner qualities than appearance, we insult all women and therefore ourselves. This also applies when we compliment other women, as my friend did in the example I started with by commending one supposedly rare woman for not being "fussy.
As the protagonist in Gone Girl describes in the video above, the "cool girl" is "hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want.
If you've found yourself trying to be "one of the guys" or ignoring what you wanted to make a man or anyone else happy, patriarchy may be at work. The other day, I had to sneeze during a conversation with a friend — and I felt so guilty for "interrupting" her with my sneeze.Misogyny manifests in numerous ways, including social exclusionsex discriminationhostilityandrocentrismpatriarchymale privilegebelittling of women, disenfranchisement of women, violence against womenand sexual objectification.
The inverse is misandrythe hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against men or boys. According to sociologist Allan G. Johnson, "misogyny is a cultural attitude of hatred for females because they are female". Johnson argues that:. Misogyny is manifested in many different ways, from jokes to pornography to violence to the self-contempt women may be taught to feel toward their own bodies. Sociologist Michael Flood at the University of Wollongong defines misogyny as the hatred of women, and notes:.
Though most common in men, misogyny also exists in and is practiced by women against other women or even themselves. Misogyny functions as an ideology or belief system that has accompanied patriarchal, or male-dominated societies for thousands of years and continues to place women in subordinate positions with limited access to power and decision making. Dictionaries define misogyny as "hatred of women"    and as "hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women". Misogynous can be used as adjectival forms of the word.
Roberts argues that older than tragedy and comedy was a misogynistic tradition in Greek literature, reaching back at least as far as Hesiod. The earlier, longer, and more complete passage comes from a moral tract known as On Marriage c. He then offers an example of this, quoting from a lost play of Euripides in which the merits of a dutiful wife are praised. The other surviving use of the original Greek word is by Chrysippusin a fragment from On affectionsquoted by Galen in Hippocrates on Affections.
Chrysippus' point is more abstract than Antipater's, and Galen quotes the passage as an example of an opinion contrary to his own. What is clear, however, is that he groups hatred of women with hatred of humanity generally, and even hatred of wine. It is this issue of conflicted or alternating emotions that was philosophically contentious to the ancient writers. Ricardo Salles suggests that the general stoic view was that "[a] man may not only alternate between philogyny and misogyny, philanthropy and misanthropy, but be prompted to each by the other.
Aristotle has also been accused of being a misogynist; he has written that women were inferior to men. According to Cynthia Freeland :.
Aristotle says that the courage of a man lies in commanding, a woman's lies in obeying; that 'matter yearns for form, as the female for the male and the ugly for the beautiful'; that women have fewer teeth than men; that a female is an incomplete male or 'as it were, a deformity': which contributes only matter and not form to the generation of offspring; that in general 'a woman is perhaps an inferior being'; that female characters in a tragedy will be inappropriate if they are too brave or too clever[.This is a quick and dirty checklist for all of you feminists and allies out there living with male privilege and ready to move past feminism You already know about the economic glass ceiling, the obscenely high rates of sexual and physical assault against women and gender non-conforming people in this country, and the ways that gender socialization in patriarchal contexts are meant to prime men to take on positions of power.
If you are a woman or gender non-conforming person, examples of how men benefit from patriarchy are often glaringly obvious. Sometimes misogynistic behaviors are super blatant and recognizable, and other times they take on more subtle hues that pop up unexpectedly in our daily interactions.
Aside from perpetuating misogynistic behaviors, there are so many other ways of thinking and engaging that can be just as harmful. I hope these insights will be useful as you continue on your journeys to become the best feminists you can be! In every workshop, conference, meeting, discussion group or classroom conversation, there is usually at least one guy who wins this title.
In these contexts its also common for men to go off on lengthy diatribes in order to show off how much they know about a subject. Sometimes, in an attempt to be polite, a man will raise their hands over and over again to make comments despite the fact that their opinions have been heard way more than anybody else in the room already. The answer is yes — regardless of who you are, these kinds of behaviors are just plain rude. Who is it that feels comfortable or oblivious of dominating space in this way?
My point? It is a misogynistic sense of entitlement that encourages men to think that what they have to say is more important or valuable than anybody else. Check that shit: Move Up, Move Back. I was commiserating with a friend recently about how the relationships we have with men in our lives often feel one-sided when it comes to emotional support.
Because men are discouraged from sharing their feelings with one another — or from having feelings at all for that matter — their friendships with women and gender non-conforming folks tend to be sort of default safe-spaces for them to express and process their feelings without judgment.
I enjoy holding space for the people I care about to unpack the hard shit they might be going through. I have had so many male friends who could talk endlessly to me about their lives, ask for advice or help trouble-shooting situations from various different angles, but as soon as the conversation wraps up, god forbid I start talking about my hard day at work! The unconscious expectation that men often have regarding this one-sided caretaker dynamic is explicitly rooted in misogyny.
It implies that every woman or gender non-conforming person owes you some kind of free, maternalistic, emotional labor. Finally there is a term that communicates the ways that men are often unaware of their physical surroundings or how much space they feel entitled to take up.
5 Subtle Ways Misogyny Affects Your Everyday Life
While this term was coined specifically in relation to the subway car environment, I feel it can be applied to all sorts of scenarios: men who leave piles of their personal shit everywhere in shared living environments, men who leave unfinished projects spread out across designated work stations they might share with their co-workers, and so on.
The implication and underlying message that gets communicated through manspreading is that you feel a sense of ownership and entitlement over the space.
And instead of empathizing with her about how rough breakups can be on the person who was way more invested, he makes himself the victim:. But you know what?