What is misogyny and is it going to become a hate crime? – The Sun

MISOGYNY can rear its ugly head in many forms and is based on warped hatred of, and discrimination against, women.

From social exclusion and mansplaining to belittling and violence, misogyny is a sick societal affliction that can result in violence.

What is misogyny?

Misogyny is the dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.

Most dictionaries give the definition of a "hatred" towards women, but modern uses of the word also incorporates prejudice against women.

Sociologist Allan G. Johnson defined misogyny as "a cultural attitude of hatred for females because they are female".

And sociologist Michael Flood said that although "most common in men" mysogyny "also exists in and is practiced by women against other women or even themselves".

He said that "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".

What's the definition of a misogynist?

A misogynist is the person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.

Synonyms of the word include woman-hateranti-feminist, male chauvinist, male supremacist, chauvinist and sexist.

Misogynists are often referred to informally as male chauvinist pigs.

Misogynists harbour a hateful prejudice against women and this can manifest itself in many ways.

They may discriminate against women, belittle them in conversation, seek to control their behaviour, objectify them, or be violent towards them.

Their behaviour may be controlling, confident and self-centred, as well as competitive.

Is misogyny going to become a hate crime?

There is no specific law defining misogyny as a hate crime given that many of its aspects – such as violence and workplace discrimination – are covered in existing legislation.

But some are campaigning for misogyny to be treated as a hate crime much like racism and other forms of bigotry.

In 2016, Nottinghamshire Police was the first force in the country to recognise misogyny as a hate crime.

Since then, debates in Westminster have taken place and MPs have begun discussing possible changes to the law.

In October 2018,  the Law Commission, the independent body that recommends legal reforms, looked at if there were any gaps  in hate crime legislation.

In September 2020, a report by the same commission said misogyny could become a criminal offence in both England and Wales.

The body said women should be protected under expanded laws and that misogyny should be treated the same as other discrimination is treated.

The report also discussed whether misogynists deserve tougher sentences.

The report says: "The Law Commission is making proposals to reform hate crime laws to remove the disparity in the way hate crime laws treat each protected characteristic – race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity.

"The Commission is also proposing that sex or gender be added to the protected characteristics for the first time."

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