mi·​sog·​y·​noir mə-ˌsä-jə-ˈnwär How to pronounce misogynoir (audio)
: hatred of, aversion to, or prejudice against Black women
During [Ketanji Brown] Jackson's hearing, a national audience got to witness misogynoir in action, the crossroads of misogyny and racism that's a lived experience familiar to the judge and so many Black women.Renée Graham
Misogynoir is rampant in ways that may not even be realized. The hashtag #SayHerName was created in 2014 to highlight misogynoir and how stories of Black women and girls often go overlooked, unnoticed and untold.Janice Gassam Asare
"The real root of misogynoir is how people perceive and treat Black women and understand them to be worthy of respect and care—that's something that has to change at the structural level of our society, not just the individual behaviors."Moya Bailey

Examples of misogynoir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, the misogynoir June experiences is so overt and dangerous that the viewer is forced to question her decision to work in her field, while sympathizing with her obsession to uncover the truth. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 10 Jan. 2024 The other reality is resilience is not always enough for Black women to overcome the challenges of social, systemic and institutional misogynoir. Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2023 The berating and belittling of rank-and-file employees and the network’s reliance on music videos glorifying drugs, violence, and misogynoir. Ruth Umoh, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2023 A lot of the abuse, experts say, can be attributed to misogynoir — a particular type of misogyny experienced by Black women. Maria Sherman, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2023 Some of us have trained our minds to turn a blind eye to the deep misogynoir being peddled because it’s rapped over a decent beat. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 10 Aug. 2023 Even beyond the drama, another glaring issue with Love Is Blind 3 is its unspoken misogynoir, specifically in the way that the Black women seeking love on the show were used as bait for viewers, only to be tossed by the wayside. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 31 Oct. 2022 Rock reverted to tiresome misogynoir that, at this point, is just exhausting and repetitive – not provocative. Tayo Bero, refinery29.com, 9 Mar. 2023 Editor’s picks People often use trans as an insult or dig, especially at Black women with sharp jaws or broad shoulders — a specific type of misogynoir intended to humiliate. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 26 July 2023

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Word History


blend of misogyny and French noir "black" (going back to Old French neir, going back to Latin nigr-, niger, of obscure origin)

Note: Coinage of the word is credited to the Black scholar and activist Moya Bailey, who used it in a posting to the Crunk Feminist Collective blog in 2010.

First Known Use

2010, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misogynoir was in 2010

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“Misogynoir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misogynoir. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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