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Blend of him +‎ sympathy.



himpathy (uncountable)

  1. (feminism) Inappropriate sympathy given to men or boys, especially those who are guilty of sexual transgressions.
    • 2017, Kate Manne, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, →ISBN, page 196:
      But this isn't because the problem of himpathy is rare. On the contrary -- it's so common that we regard it as business as usual.
    • 2018 May 13, Helen Pitt, “Drop the 'himpathy': Clarion call of Sydney Writers' Festival's #MeToo moment”, in The Sydney Morning Herald:
      For too long we have clung to the idea of “himpathy”, as Washington Times journalist Irin Carmon so perfectly described it at the writers' festival.
    • 2019 December 18, Anne Kingston, “Will Harvey Weinstein's big show produce ‘himpathy’?”, in Maclean’s[1]:
      Examples of “himpathy” abound. Cosby was buoyed by public support for decades, even as more than 60 women accused him of sexual assault.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:himpathy.

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