Literally, hatred of women. Kate Millet brought the idea of misogyny to the fore in Sexual Politics (1970), where she provided a broad theoretical base for radical feminism . She argued that patriarchal power creates a sexist society and that sexual politics grounded in misogyny result in women's oppression both within the private realm and within social institutions such as the class system and the education system. Andrea Dworkin and Susan Brownmiller pointed to important links between misogyny and men's sexual violence towards women, while Susan Griffin suggested connections between militarism and misogyny. Adrienne Rich defined misogyny as institutionalized, organized, normalized hostility and violence against women. Feminist psychoanalysts, following in particular the work of Melanie Klein and the Object Relations School , have argued that misogyny is rooted in the infant's primitive rage towards its mother in the context of a society in which child-rearing is almost invariably carried out by women. Nancy Chodorow (The Reproduction of Mothering, 1978) contends that only the full participation of men in infant care would eradicate the roots of misogyny.

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  • Misogyny — Mi*sog y*ny (m[i^]*s[o^]j [i^]*n[y^]; 277), n. [Gr. misogyni a: cf. F. misogynie.] Hatred of women. Contrast {misandry}. Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misogyny — (n.) 1650s, from Mod.L. misogynia, from Gk. misogynia, from misogynes woman hater, from miso (see MISO (Cf. miso )) + gyne woman (see QUEEN (Cf. queen)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • misogyny — ► NOUN ▪ hatred of women. ORIGIN from Greek misos hatred + gun woman …   English terms dictionary

  • misogyny — [mi säj′ə nē] n. [Gr misogynia: see MISO & GYNY] hatred of women, esp. by a man misogynist n. misogynous adj. misogynic misogynistic …   English World dictionary

  • Misogyny — Part of a series on Discrimination General forms …   Wikipedia

  • misogyny — [[t]mɪsɒ̱ʤɪni[/t]] N UNCOUNT Misogyny is a strong dislike of women …   English dictionary

  • misogyny — misogynist, misogyny see misanthrope …   Modern English usage

  • misogyny — noun Etymology: Greek misogynia, from misein to hate + gynē woman more at queen Date: circa 1656 a hatred of women • misogynic adjective • misogynist noun or adjective • misogynistic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • misogyny — misogynic, misogynous, misogynistic, adj. misogynist, n. /mi soj euh nee, muy /, n. hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women. Cf. misandry. [1650 60; < NL misogynia. See MISO , GYN , Y3] * * * …   Universalium

  • misogyny — noun /mɪˈsɒdʒ.ɪ.ni,mɪˈsɑːdʒ.ɪ.ni/ hatred or contempt for women Syn: misogynism Ant: misandry, philogyny …   Wiktionary

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