Misogyny is the prejudice against and animosity towards women and girls. Misogyny pushes the ideology that women are, and must always be the inferior for the word to function “properly”
Only in the past few decades has misogyny started to qualify as a serious matter and movements such as the 1960 women’s liberation movement have been created to speak out against sexism and misogyny. HIt unfortunately still plays a powerful role in our societies and is still being engraved into youth that a woman’s place is the kitchen and the man shall always be the provider. We still see the idea that a woman should always obey the “superior” sex and the man is the one to always set the boundaries and rules, prevalent today. This is an outdated lifestyle and as great as it is that a woman is allowed to work and vote, walking down the street will forever be seen as terrifying thing to do in this day and age for women. Actions taken to stand against misogyny and sexism are happening and it’s becoming a popular undertaking to help women. But to truly change the male perspective and sexist mentality it starts with deprogramming all the stereotypes we’ve all accepted and allowed to continue as a society.
One of the most widely known feminist movements was the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) which was a political alignment of women and feminist intellectualism that ascended in the late 1960s and continued into the 1980s. As the movement became more known and, in some form heard, a great deal of backlash mainly from the male audience, was received. In the years before WLM, particularly during the years of WWI and WWII, women stayed back taking care of their families, upholding and sculpting society, while receiving little recognition, respect or the praise that men do.
In many countries women have gained:
The right to vote
Many Suffragettes around the world fought very hard to get the right to vote and have their vote be as important as a man’s. That was, perhaps, the reason that by the time the Indian Constitution was written, women were included as voters. If it were not for several people who fought, endured violence, imprisonment, and forced feedings, and sometimes even died for the right to vote, to this day women would not have a say in who runs our countries.
The right to be a person
Surprisingly (not really) there was a time when women were treated like property, even by the law. The feminist movement and determination that women had to gain equality had a huge role to play in the criminalizing of rape, flesh trade, and the general treatment and stereotype of women being objects.
The right to own property
An Act to amend the law relating to the property of married women. The Married Women’s Property Act 1870 was an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom that allowed married women to be the legal owners of the money they earned and to inherit property.
But even with all this advancement, women today still face many barriers and issues; Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, the pay gap. For Women of Colour, each of these issues is compounded with other forms of discrimination.
Black women for one have to work an extra 19 months to make what white men do in a year, agreeing to the National Women’s Law Centre (the current numbers place them as earning $0.63 for every dollar earned by a white, non-Hispanic man). That number is even steeper for Latina women ($0.55 for every dollar). Asian American and Pacific Islander women are paid 52 cents for every dollar.
Women are incredibly underrepresented in the government.
Although women make up nearly 51 percent of the U.S. population, only 27 percent of Congress is comprised of women, which—fortunately or unfortunately—makes the current Congress the most diverse in American history. Worldwide, just 25.5 percent of all national parliamentarians were female as March 2021, according to the U.N.
Most people in our society have accepted the bare minimum we have received as women and not pushing for us to have complete and utter liberty, to have the ability to walk alone, to not have to be stared down, to not have to endure inappropriate “compliments”. We have normalised women suffering more than we should considering we are what keeps the world going around.
The normalisation and acceptance of misogyny BY Cecil Farah