misogyny

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From Ancient Greek μισογυνία ‎(misogunía) and μισογύνης ‎(misogúnēs, woman hater), from μισέω ‎(miséō, I hate) + γυνή ‎(gunḗ, woman).

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misogyny ‎(usually uncountable, plural misogynies)

  1. Hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women.
    • 1999, Joanne Marie Greer, David O. Moberg, Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (ISBN 0762304839), page 29:
      Although she argues against a simplistic conflation of types of prejudice, she suggests that misogyny is typically present in both narcissistic and obsessive forms of anti-Semitic prejudice.
    • 1999, Ethel Spector Person, The Sexual Century (ISBN 0300076045), page 84:
      His misogyny, like that of his predecessors, is more than prejudice; []
    • 2005, Jeff Johnson, William Inge And The Subversion Of Gender (ISBN 0786420626), page 122:
      This ontological symbiosis also explains his misogyny. By envying Sue, as the man he cannot become, he projects his self-loathing onto her, trying to diminish what he actually admires.
    • 2006, Jack Holland, Misogyny: the world's oldest prejudice (ISBN 0786718234)
    • 2014 April 12, Simon Russell Beale, “Why Shakespeare always says something new: As the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth approaches, the great Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale explains his secrets [print version: The king and I]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1], London, page R7:
      [] I have always found it hard that Hamlet, a character that I love and admire, is guilty of a puerile misogyny and, perhaps, more worryingly, of the unnecessary deaths of his old friends from university, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. When I played him, I could find reasons for the misogyny but half-ignored the murders.

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