Misogyny in Our Society

Janet Chaftez is a theorist that discusses gender inequality. She realizes that patriarchy is here, but brings up the question of how gender inequality within that is stabilized and manifested. During our many rants in class, we got on the topic of misogyny and we defined it as a devaluing of women, which is exemplified in the common phrase, “you throw like a girl”. Misogyny can be seen in many different examples such as lyrics of music, reality television, and even in ways we try to train our boys to be men. In doing so, we teach them (boys) to be tougher, stronger, less emotional than girls, as if how girls are isn’t good enough. Another place you see misogyny is through video games, music videos and pornography which is being viewed at younger ages, so it is teaching children the value of women and how to degrade them in acts of sex. Misogyny is throughout our society and appears in many ways that you couldn’t even imagine. I think that it happens so much, our society as a whole is becoming desensitized to it and doesn’t even know when it is happening, or at least isn’t viewing it as the huge problem that it is.

2 thoughts on “Misogyny in Our Society”

  1. I hate that it is so common to teach boys to be the opposite of girls, especially in being emotional. People don’t realize that boys need to by in touch with all their emotions because thats how we end up getting women beaters, or un-caring fathers. The idea of how boys shouldn’t play with baby dolls because that’s “for girls”. How about the idea of knowing how to be gentle with babies, or being a caring human being. We are so engrained in making sure boys don’t act like girls, we are missing the bigger picture.

  2. The division of labor in society, especially during the time when Chafetz was writing about gender divisions, plays (ed) a massive role in reinforcing those gender norms. Think about the amount of factory labor that was performed in the 1960’s-1980’s by men. These economic roles served to reinforce that men should be strong, providers, and learn to suppress their concerns or feelings. Women, on the other hand, were largely expected to be caretakers and nurturers, reinforcing empathy. This still exists to at least some degree today, and I think the ramifications of our recent past are still playing a role in how gender expectations are played out.

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