What does misogynistic mean? Word explained

MISOGYNY is defined as displaying hatred, aggression, or prejudice against women.

Misogynistic behavior is often linked to sexual objectification and harassment.

How common is sexual harassment?

According to a 2018 study, 81% of women and 43% of men had suffered sexual harassment or assault in their lifetime.

38% of the women who responded said that they experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

The survey was conducted after numerous sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein surfaced in Hollywood, and the #MeToo hashtag was popularized.

Where does misogynistic behavior originate from?

The word "misogyny" originated from Ancient Greece. Ancient Greek philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero reported that Greek philosophers considered misogyny to be caused by a fear of women (gynophobia).

According to Albert Bandura's social learning theory, it may be that some men feel the need to be sexually dominant over women because of behaviors they've seen in others.

What are the traits of a misogynist?

Some signs of misogynistic behavior in men include:

  • He treats women differently than men, and criticizes females for things that he does not criticize men for
  • He makes jokes about women or condescends them in public
  • He is cocky or controlling toward women
  • He will make promises and fail to keep them with women, but almost always keeps his word with men
  • He lures women with charm
  • He likes to control women sexually, often cheating or ghosting

What did Scotland's first minister say about misogynistic behavior?

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, said that men need to challenge themselves and each other.

She said we should "stop expecting women to fix these problems, and put the full glare where it belongs, on men who behave in a deeply unacceptable way."

The Scottish government is currently considering whether misogynistic abuse should be considered a crime of its own. Similar calls have been made in England and Wales.

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