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 Post subject: I do not think it means what you think it means
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:20 pm 

Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:29 pm
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Location: Bristol, PA - near philly
i'd really enjoy a place to ask "uh, what was that word? second from the end?" where folks could give a try at answering, mebbe even using analogies and smiles

coz, sometimes it takes more courage than i have to point out i don't know what something means

i'll start, if you'd like to play along

what's misogyny?


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 Post subject: Re: I do not think it means what you think it means
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:37 pm 

Joined: Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:51 pm
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plain and simple, misogyny is the hatred of women. that is the root meaning of the word. culturally, it also means the practice of hatred of women. so, violence against women (sexual assault and domestic violence, which are dramatically disproportionately perpetrated by men against women) is an example of practice of misogyny.


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 Post subject: Re: I do not think it means what you think it means
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:29 am 

Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:11 pm
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julia serano i believes changes the definition somewhat to be "a hatred and fear of femininity."

i really like that change. her book whipping girl is amazing and goes into this argument much more.


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 Post subject: Re: I do not think it means what you think it means
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:02 am 

Joined: Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:51 pm
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I think that is a somewhat valid definition, but I struggle with the exclusiveness of the word "feminity". The misogyny I experience and witness targeted at butch women and transmen is more about our shunning of feminity-predicated on a narrow definition of what it means to be a woman. The hatred and fear of women is perhaps more accurate, because feminity is not the thrust of the hatred entirely.


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 Post subject: Re: I do not think it means what you think it means
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:15 pm 

Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:29 pm
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Location: Bristol, PA - near philly
thanks, ya'll!

you're thoughts and definitions have been super helpful


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