First we must acknowledge that misandry is partly reality-based to the degree that it is in part a reaction to misogyny, and to the real or perceived oppression of women by men. It's Newtonian physics and the Marxist dialectic: the harder you hit your head against the wall, the harder it hits you back. Misogyny generates misandry.
But in the U.S. and too many other nations, women are still paid considerably less than men for work of equal value or even difficulty; old women are more likely than old men to live below the poverty level; men are more likely than women to initiate violence against their partners, and...it's too devastating to list any more of the daunting arenas in which misogyny still thrives.
The video displays the following statistics: "5.3 million cases of domestic violence each year. 1300 resulting in death. Over 200,000 cases of rape annually. 44% of victims under age of 18. 1 in 6 American women will be victims of physical or sexual assault in their lifetimes." These are very real and very staggering statistics that show us the consequences of misogyny across a broad range of media forms.
A Twitter user called Conservative MP Louise Mensch "a typical soulless rich whore"; TV critic AA Gill said Professor Mary Beard is "too ugly for TV"; a tweet allegedly described the 19-year-old victim of convicted rapist and footballer Ched Evans as "a money-grabbing little tramp". These are just a few examples of misogynistic abuse levelled at women in traditional and non-traditional media recently.
Every country has its fair share of misogynist politicians telling women not to drive or have abortions and to wear or not to wear a burqa or contest elections. However, Pakistan beats them all with the likes of Sheikh Alauddin, Member of the Punjab Assembly, who is not only openly misogynist, but is also ill-mannered enough to call his colleagues — female members of the Punjab Assembly — all kinds of offensive names.
Misogyny, defined as the "hatred of women," has been elevated to new heights since conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" after she appeared in front of a Democratic panel and testified in support of free contraceptives for all women.
Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, on Sunday told President Obama in an open letter she was available and ready to take his call to discuss insults hurled at her over her out-of-wedlock pregnancy.
Yes, it is true that the sexist and misogynistic images that are widespread in media reflect an objectifying patriarchy that promotes and justifies an ambivalent, demeaning attitude of men towards women. And yes, it is also true that this is not a problem that uniquely affects Black men-it affects men of all races and ethnicities.
The Torah and Bible are equally rife with misogynistic passages, and the effects are still seen in the U.S. today with the religious right's burgeoning campaign against contraception and abortion rights, alongside other campaigns opposing marriage equality, stem cell research, and teaching proper science in schools.
Misogyny is also connected with masochism. Tolstoy argues that women exercise power over men by their sexual attractiveness. Men generally become victims of the femme fatale. Worthwhile is his assertion that even mothers behave like prostitutes. In the Kreutzer Sonata Pozdnyshev despised his wife: "...when I saw with what ease she threw aside the moral obligations of a mother [sic], I correctly, though unconsciously, drew the conclusion that she would find it just as easy to throw aside her obligations as a wife..." (p. 96).
Disgust with femininity and the body is a nodal reaction to death and decay itself. Man's nausea, fear, disgust, and repudiation of the body and sexuality can only be a reaction to his own sense of mortality, so misogyny can be seen as an explicit reaction formation to fear of death. It is not just the female body that is capable of horrifying man (as though there were something inherently ugly or evil in it), but the cadaverous waste of his own flesh.