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Response to duffyduff (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 24, 2016, 09:09 PM

6. just on the sexism vs misogyny point

Sexism has pretty much always referred to treatment of women: unequal pay and lack of opportunity in public life based on sex, gender-role based expectations in private life.

It is "sexist" to oppose equal pay or maternity leave, for example. Advocating differential treatment of women (discrimination - or treatment that does not recognize and accommodate genuine difference, like pregnancy) can be based on beliefs about the differences between the sexes, rather than contempt for or hatred of or belief in the inferiority of women. (Theoretically; not something one encounters separately from misogny in real life much, IMO.)

It is "misogynist" to sexually assault women, etc. etc. etc.

There has been a similar distinction between "racialist" and "racist" in some times and places, but not much in the US. I think that's one reason for the confusion between sexism and misogyny: "racism" covers both advocating differential treatment and harbouring race-based hatred.

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