The Plague of Misogyny

Antoinette Fouque and Jean-Joseph Goux

Edited by Sylvina Boissonnas

in There Are Two Sexes

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print February 2015 | ISBN: 9780231169868
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231538381 | DOI:
The Plague of Misogyny

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This chapter talks about misogyny, which it considers to be the most widespread form of racism. The hatred of this racism—it is not really racism and yet it is—has a woman, women, as its object. But the subject who feels that hatred can just as easily be a woman as a man. In order to remove all ambiguity as to its object, women, the chapter speaks of misogyny rather than sexism. The chapter argues that the word “sexism” is reversible in terms of its object and therefore in terms of its subject, whereas the same reversibility is not present in the word “misogyny.” The chapter also traces misogyny's roots to envy rather than hatred and fear, to the male's envy of women's procreative capacity. Women, it insists, continue to suffer discrimination in terms of access to knowledge, worth, and power. Making a distinction between the sexes and giving women access to a law of their own is not only a way of fighting discrimination; it is a way of promoting democratization.

Keywords: misogyny; racism; women; sexism; envy; discrimination; democratization

Chapter.  3097 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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