General Societal Misogyny
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On behalf of women everywhere, I would like to start a petition for society to change how it views and treats women, from a different standpoint - General Societal Misogyny. Even the most severe forms of misogyny mistreatment, rape and sexual harassment, seem to only get attention when they get completely out of hand, after years and years, when dozens of cases have piled up, and can no longer be ignored and denied. As disturbing as this is, I'm also deeply concerned about society's continued acceptance of its patriarchal views of women. Both men and women are guilty of accepting that men have the power to disempower us - in our careers, in our families and in our choices and decisions: they can say and behave however they want to with women, and except in cases of severe forms of misogyny, they can get away with it. They have ways of using their power to silence us by threatening, intimidating and belittling our feelings. We allow their positions of power, that they often do not deserve, and are sometimes frankly unqualified to hold, to intimidate us into accepting it. I would like for all women who have ever experienced this, and the men who truly love and care about us, to stand together to change this dynamic in society for all women, everywhere.
From Wikipedia, here are some things to consider regarding misogyny:
Misogyny (/mɪˈsɒdʒɪni/) is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including social exclusion, sex discrimination, hostility, androcentrism, patriarchy, male privilege, belittling of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification. Misogyny can occasionally be found within sacred texts of religions and mythologies, and various influential Western philosophers and thinkers have been described as misogynistic.
According to sociologist Allan G. Johnson, "misogyny is a cultural attitude of hatred for females because they are female". Johnson argues that:
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.
Sociologist Michael Flood at the University of Wollongong defines misogyny as the hatred of women, and notes:
Though most common in men, misogyny also exists in and is practiced by women against other women or even themselves. Misogyny functions as an ideology or belief system that has accompanied patriarchal, or male-dominated societies for thousands of years and continues to place women in subordinate positions with limited access to power and decision making. […] Aristotle contended that women exist as natural deformities or imperfect males […] Ever since, women in Western cultures have internalised their role as societal scapegoats, influenced in the twenty-first century by multimedia objectification of women with its culturally sanctioned self-loathing and fixations on plastic surgery, anorexia and bulimia.
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