Misogynistic - The hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women. Misogyny has been characterised as a prominent feature of the mythologies of the ancient world as well as various religions. In addition, many influential Western philosophers have been described as misogynistic.
Misandrist - The hatred, dislike, contempt for or ingrained prejudice against men and/or boys. Misandry can be manifested in numerous ways that have their parallel in misogyny including sexual discrimination, denigration of men, violence against men, and sexual objectification of men. Warren Farrell has written of how men uniquely marginalized in what he calls their “disposability,” the manner in which the most dangerous of societies’ jobs throughout history, particularly soldiering, have been performed by men.
Arguments for Misogyny - In “The Myth of Male Power”, Dr. Farrell argues that patriarchal societies do not make rules to benefit men at the expense of women. Farrell cites many examples to the contrary, such as male-only draft registration not benefiting men at the expense of women; or men constituting 93% of workplace deaths; or being expected to risk sexual rejection, pay on dates, and buy women diamonds. According to Farrell, once married, rules made by men are more likely to lead to men losing children and their home after divorce — what he cites as another example of male disposability. Farrell contends that nothing is more telling about who has benefited from “men’s rules” than life expectancy and suicide rates — and men in both of these categories.
'In the past quarter century, we exposed biases against other races and called it racism, and we exposed baises against women and called it sexism. Biases against men we call humor.'
Religious studies professors Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young made similar comparisons in their 2001, three-book series Beyond the Fall of Man, which defines misandry as a form of prejudice and discrimination that has become institutionalized in North American society, saying “The same problem that long prevented mutual respect between Jews and Christians, the teaching of contempt, now prevents mutual respect between men and women.”
Arguments for Misandry - 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 towards 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 said ‘Women exist as natural deformities or imperfect males.’
Instances of Misandry - Academic Alice Echols, in her 1989 book Daring To Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, 1967-1975, argued that radical feminist Valerie Solanas, best known for her attempted murder of Andy Warhol in 1968, displayed an extreme level of misandry compared to other radical feminists of the time in her tract, The SCUM Manifesto. Echols stated,
"Solanas’s unabashed misandry — especially her belief in men’s biological inferiority — her endorsement of relationships between ‘independent women,’ and her dismissal of sex as ‘the refuge of the mindless’ contravened the sort of radical feminism which prevails in most women’s groups across the country.
Bell Hooks has discussed the issue of “man hating” during the early period of women’s liberation as a reaction to patriarchal oppression and women who have had bad experiences with men in non-feminist social movements, but has criticized separatist strands of feminism as “reactionary” for promoting the notion that men are inherently immoral, inferior and unable to help end sexist oppression or benefit from feminism.
Instances of Misogyny - All three Abrahamic religions have historically devalued women;
Judaism - In ancient Judea, women were property of men, they had no choice in their husbands, and (though Jewish Talmud suggests otherwise) men could easily divorce women but not women could not leave their husbands for any reason — even abuse.
Christianity - Following in Judaism’s footsteps, Christians did not allow women to be priests; the Bible explicitly states that no women shall teach any man. 1 Timothy 2:12
However, many of the Bible verses cited today to promote misogynistic attitudes were not the words of Jesus, but of Paul of Tarsus (or rather, later edits to his writings). It has been argued that Jesus was not as misogynistic as the religion which was to take his name.
Islam - In the Qur’an, sura 4, Woman, outlines the acceptance of man as the head of the household, and that a man is allowed to have up to four wives if he supports them all equally and if he only marries his second/third/fourth wives for the purpose of supporting them economically. Wives are expected to be obedient, and husbands are allowed to beat them among other problems.
Nazi Ideology - Due to their obsession with physical strength, martial matters, etc. Consequently, they aimed to limit the role of women in society, strongly promoting the traditional gender roles with the slogan “Kinder, Kuche, Kirche.”
Phyllis Schlafly (an example of women who follow misogynistic traits) - thinks that women are only good for being mothers. Troublingly, she also believes that men have the right to rape their wives and her belief in female inferiority is shared by her son Andrew Schlafly who worships her as a goddess.
Philanthropy - Meaning “love of humanity” in the sense of caring, nourishing, and developing “what it is to be human” on both the benefactors’ and beneficiaries’ parts. The most conventional modern definition is “private initiatives, for public good, focusing on quality of life”. This combines the social scientific aspect developed in the 20th century with the original humanistic tradition, and serves to contrast philanthropy with business and government.
Instances of philanthropy commonly overlap with instances of charity, though not all charity is philanthropy , or vice versa. The difference commonly cited is that charity relieves the pains of social problems, whereas philanthropy attempts to solve those problems at their root causes.
Conclusion - The only ones who seem to have the right idea are Philanthropists. Instead of being of Misogyny or Misandry. Please be of Philanthropy. Help benefit society for societies sake instead of for a specific genders sake because we all have temporary positions here on this world.
My question to anyone reading this post is, “Do you want to leave this world knowing your children will have to fight for issues we couldn’t solve?”