Don’t Call it a Comeback: Misogyny in Modern America

"Misogyny" courtesy of nessie666.deviantart,com

“Misogyny” courtesy of nessie666.deviantart,com

I started this post with the intention of posing a definition of misogyny, providing a couple examples, and wrapping it up. But, when I went onto UrbanDictionary.com to look up the definition for misogyny, the first thing that popped up was “Vampire Ass: an ass so juicy you just can help but sink your teeth into it.” Nevermind the two blatant misusages of grammar, this is a perfect example of how misogyny has infiltrated our every day thinking.

We hear music (Robin Thicke’s summer hit 2013 Blurred Lines, comes to mind), we hear stories about people like Malala Yousafzi, we know that women politicians the world over can’t step outside (let alone hold a press conference), without someone criticizing their wardrobe.

Misogyny has not “made a comeback,” that way that certain critics are claiming. Robin Thicke did not create misogyny; Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Pharrell did not come together to bring misogyny back and make it sexy again. Almost every single genre of music has a misogynistic slant. A lot of music and songs have lyrics that are just too vile to repost.

But, you might find yourself asking, what about artistic license? Is not it my constitutional right to freedom of speech?

Well, sure, that’s absolutely true. What we forget is that the Supreme Court of the United States did place limits on freedom of speech, particularly when that speech presents a clear and present danger, so why do misogynistic lyrics, images, articles, etc. continue?

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  1. Chloe Stein

     /  November 11, 2014

    Catherine,

    This post really struck a cord with me. Recently, I haven’t been able to turn on the radio without changing the station because 95% of the songs I hear contain outright and outrageous misogynistic lyrics. Last week, I was driving with my younger sister, age 16, and Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” song came on. I proceeded to point out every sexist lyric because I want my sister to be aware of how the music industry, along with countless other industries, objectify women and demean them. The chorus flat out expresses that he doesn’t need to talk to or understand the women he is interacting with because the only thing he needs to understand is their booty and when they talk dirty because apparently these women are only there for his entertainment and for sex. The actual lyrics are, “Been around the world, don’t speak the language/ But your booty don’t need explaining/ All I really need to understand is/ When you talk dirty to me.” During my discussion with my sister, there ended up being too many lyrics in that song that objectified women for me to keep up with. My sister rolled her eyes when I started discussing sexism and patriarchy, but after exploring the lyrics with her she expressed that she had never noticed how objectifying they were. More discussions about popular music and the themes of patriarchy need to occur today especially with youth who may not see them hidden in plain sight, or sound for that matter.

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  2. Miranda

     /  September 23, 2015

    I can relate to this post as well. I lived in Panama for two years (2012-2014) where comments like “Sexy, I love you” is the only English you will hear a man say to a woman. I got to a point where I expected it and would just wave it off, mumbling… “Yea, yea, I know I am a woman.” There was not really defense I had for it. Some of my counterparts would shout back “How can you love me, you don’t even know me?” So really for me it comes down to freedom of speech but used appropriately- with respect. Just like we are taught not to yell “FIRE” in a movie theater, young men and women need to be educated on respectful comments towards each other.

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  3. Damn

     /  February 17, 2016

    Because essentially, the world STILL doesn’t care that much for the female of the species. Period. We are still not considered important beyond our sexual or domestic services that can be stolen or given to others. Sounds extreme doesn’t it, but it’s not. It’s the truth.
    And it just hurts to come to grips with it.

    But I do think misogyny made a major comeback thanks in part to cRAP and reality tv and the promotion and normalizing of porn culture. See, we were making headway in the 90’s. So dammit, something had to be done to stop this…I mean the world can’t actually have progress when it comes to women finding true equality and liberation from the oppressive exploitation of patriarchal cultures right?? Sure. So the propaganda begun in the late 90’s and 15 years later, hating women has become a national pastime where boys spend hours online watching women get violently fucked and then go write about how much they hate women for not fucking them on sites like Reddit and Roosh fan pages. Sigh…..
    Hurts too.

    The only consolation is the more and more women are embracing being lesbian, even if just to get away from idiots like that. I’m straight and older but see the chaos of the younger generations stewing in their own venomous hatred of women and anything feministic. Feminists have become the scapegoat for all problems now, even in Germany and Sweden regarding the rape epidemics by Muslim immigrants. I mean, it’s feminists fault on that one.

    Wtf? Arghh….

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