Misogyny is…

”Misogyny …. is a central part of sexist prejudice and ideology and, as such, is an important basis for the oppression of females in male-dominated societies. Misogyny is manifested in many different ways, from jokes to pornography to violence to the self-contempt women may be taught to feel toward their own bodies.

I can recognise misogyny. When someone demands women change their identities to suit them, because their self image requires it, it’s misogyny. When women are made to feel ashamed of their own biology, it’s misogyny. When women are expected to change their sexual desires and punished for them, and are told their autonomy over who they are attracted to is for someone else to exercise, that is misogyny. When women are expected to pretend gender inequality doesn’t exist and to not discuss the biology at the root of it, it’s misogyny. When  women’s speech has to be policed and so do their thoughts, because someone else is entitled to do so, that is misogyny. Misogyny is not a gender. Feminism as misogyny is tiresome and stupid. The right of trans women to be free of misogyny is not anywhere near the right of a tribe of misogynist bullies to do this to any woman.

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