Amanpour: 'Did misogyny play a role in the loss?'

The word means 'a hatred of women'

Lookups for misogyny spiked 10,042% over the hourly average on May 2, 2017, following an interview with Hillary Clinton by CNN's Christiane Amanpour, who asked:

Why do you think you lost the majority of the white female vote? Did misogyny play a role in the loss?

Although Mrs. Clinton did not herself use the word misogyny in her response, she said:

Yes, there are many, many representations of that, many kinds of examples of that, and yes, it was a role in this election.

On April 7, when answering a similar question from Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, she said that “certainly misogyny played a role” in the 2016 presidential election.

Misogyny means “a hatred of women,” and comes from two Greek roots, misein (meaning “to hate”) and gynē (meaning “woman”). These roots are seen in other words, such as misanthrope (“a person who hates or distrusts humankind”) and gynecologist (“a doctor who treats the diseases and routine physical care of the reproductive system of women”).

Misogyny was first used in English in the mid-1600s.

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