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Definition of misogyny

: hatred of, aversion to, or prejudice against women a culture that promotes violence and misogyny … battled the personal demons of alcoholism, racism, and misogyny.— James Kaplan Her books are pervaded by a deep pessimism and an equally profound misogyny.— Janet Malcolm … a mission to expose the common cord that nourishes capitalism, misogyny, classism, and fat hatred …— Anastasia Higginbotham also : something (such as speech or behavior) that reflects and fosters misogyny Cosloy's suggestion for a solution to misogyny in song—women should make their own records!—is scurrilous as long as men are not ready to pass the mike. — Evelyn McDonnell Dr [Una] McIlvenna says misogyny has always been rife. "There's always been misogyny in news reporting, both victim-blaming and in the coverage of women who commit crimes." — Lisa Needham

The (Etymological) Roots of Misogyny

Misogyny may be distinguished from the closely related word sexism, which signifies discrimination based on sex (although it most frequently refers to discrimination against women) and also carries the meaning “behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex.”

Misogyny refers specifically to a hatred of women. The word is formed from the Greek roots misein (“to hate”) and gynē (“woman”). Each of these roots can be found in other English words, both common and obscure. Gynē helped to form gynecologist and androgynous, and misein can be found in such words as misoneism (“a hatred, fear, or intolerance of innovation or change”) and misandry (“a hatred of men”).

Examples of misogyny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sophomore season spends slightly less energy skewering the rank misogyny of the recent-ish past, perhaps because there are so many other shows to take up that mantle now. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 Whereas The Dropout started shooting before Holmes’ fraud trial had even begun, Scandal uses 1960s Britain to contemplate the still-resonant effects of mass media and misogyny. Matthew Jacobs, Town & Country, 22 Apr. 2022 Our stories are untold and buried underneath systemic misogyny. Melissa Noel, Essence, 8 Apr. 2022 On the fourth day after the election, hundreds of women carrying flowers formed a chain in the central market in Minsk, twisting Slavic misogyny in their favor. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Misogynoir, the term for the misogyny directed at Black women, where race and gender both play roles in bias, has been in the lexicon since 2008, when it was coined by Moya Bailey, a professor of communications studies at Northwestern University. Cady Lang, Time, 29 Mar. 2022 Both consider the sexism and misogyny that can sway a woman’s principles, without turning such challenges into the only obstacles their leads face. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2022 The film will follow Pooja, a light-skinned Nepali police officer, who has broken centuries-old misogyny by becoming the first female detective in the country. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 13 Feb. 2022 The novel’s scariest and most fascinating character is Victor, whose virulent misogyny seems almost innate. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of misogyny

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for misogyny

Greek misogynia, from misein to hate + gynē woman — more at queen

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“Misogyny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misogyny. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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