Misogyny: Definition, Meaning & Examples

Misogyny according to the Oxford dictionary is defined as ‘dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women’.

misogyny definition

From the very evident sexual discrimination, objectification of women, harassment, violence against the female, rape to the subtle, seemingly non harmful comments like “As woman one need to know cooking”, “I don’t feel safe around female drivers”, all show the presence of misogynistic thoughts that have manifested through the years.

With almost equal number strength to their male counterparts, the female population accounts for 49.6% of the world’s population, yet are struggling to feel equal. India’s patriarchal society has witnessed the Sati culture, mistreatment of windows, triple talaq to female foeticide to name a few as acts of misogyny, which have been condemned and stopped by law.

Today misogyny is seen in the unequal pay structure, discrimination at the workplace, sexist representation in the media of women, to name a few.

No individual male or female should feel that they hold power over another female, no female should silently accept misogyny toward them or even be a mute spectator of misogynistic act towards others, women might not have had been allowed to voice their opinions for long but now that they are talking they should speak up for themselves and for others.

Even though the attitude toward women and their roles and importance in society has taken a leap towards betterment since the past yet we can’t say that we live in a world with fair treatment to all genders, we are still struggling to break free from the shackles of misogyny

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