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Posted February 18, Reviewed by Lybi Ma. The misogynists. You may have heard of them. But what you may not realize is that they can be anywhere around you.
Men who hate women may not consciously realize it. but their acts reveal them.
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.
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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.
What does misogyny look like?
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 le 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 ability 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.
Confessions of a misogynist
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.