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LawnLover Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:24 AM
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What's the definition of misogynist?
misogynist |məˈsjənist|
noun
a man who hates women.

The word has been bandied about in reference to the O'Donnell affair and I think people who use such words carelessly are mangling the language and doing any discussion of the matter a disservice.

This is about a women being exposed as a hypocrite, nothing else. Just as many MALE politicians have been exposed in the past. No one cries "misandry!" when the men are attacked, and anyone who claims this is misogynistic doesn't understand the term.

O'Donnell portrays herself as "pure" and condemns sexual activity outside of marriage, including masturbation. That's ALL this is about. No woman-hating going on. Simply O'Donnell-hating.
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Yeshuah Ben Joseph Donating Member (763 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:27 AM
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1. I think we saw the ultimate definition of it this week
In comments from right wingers who could watch a video of an inbred redneck stomping on a woman's head and come to the conclusion that "the bitch got what she deserved".

Yes, that (and worse) is exactly how the Teabagging tools are reacting to it.
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LawnLover Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:29 AM
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4. Exactly
That's definitely misogyny is action.
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dgibby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 11:11 AM
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14. Not just the tea baggers.
At least one Duer is spewing that vile attitude here as well.
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:28 AM
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2. the Gawker story was misogynistic
and there was some misogyny against Palin, and Hillary, and Pelosi, from both sides.
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LawnLover Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:31 AM
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6. Refresh my memory
I read the article and thought it was tawdry, but don't recall any specific misogynistic statements in it.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:29 AM
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3. i am not seeing sexual history with straight sex of single male running on family values
are you?
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LawnLover Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:30 AM
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5. John Edwards?
He was certainly presenting himself as a family man.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:33 AM
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7. married man, and not all past sexual experience, but the affair. two different things. try
again
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LawnLover Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:53 AM
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10. Try again? Seriously?
Edwards was running for president as a devoted family man who had to drop out of the race for fear that he would be exposed as a hypocrite having an affair. A sexual scandal that came to light -- to much delight of the media and Edwards haters -- in the months following.

Maybe some of the details are different, but it's indeed the very same thing.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:59 AM
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12. it indeed is not very much the same. he touts family value as married, having an affair hence
Edited on Sat Oct-30-10 11:00 AM by seabeyond
the exposure. they did not go back to all his sexual activity prior to marriage. the infraction was cheating on his wife. not having sex.
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LawnLover Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 11:04 AM
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13. Wrong
He was being exposed as a hypocrite who cheats on his wife. The Gawker story is not about "all" of O'Donnell's prior sexual activity, but about an apparent one-night stand, thus exposing her hypocrisy for the stance she takes and the statements SHE has made.

It amounts to the very same thing, even if the details differ slightly.

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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 11:14 AM
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15. Wrong............. nu uh. nt
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xloadiex Donating Member (118 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:38 AM
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8. Gawkers reasoning for the story
was spot on.

"It was intended to expose the lies and hypocrisy of a U.S. Senate candidate and prominent Tea Party conservative who uses her own purported chastity and righteousness to market herself and gain political power."
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:48 AM
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9. A misogynist isn't necessarily a man. n/t
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WingDinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 10:53 AM
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11. can one be an ogynist?
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 12:02 PM
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16. Misogyny is also characterized by someone objectifying
women. That Gawker guy made it about the woman's choice in personal grooming of an intimate area. As if such things had anything to do with the character of a person. Christine O'Donnell is, indeed, a hypocrite, but that's not a matter of which gender you belong to. We already knew that. We did not need to know the state of her pubic hair. By bringing that up, the misogyny was made clear. This man, apparently, cannot perform sexually unless his partner's pudenda is clean-shaven. How odd and immature that appears to be to me.
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LawnLover Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 01:01 PM
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18. Ridiculous
Some woman don't like fat guys and won't have sex with them. Does that make them guilty of misandry? No. It simply means they aren't attracted to fat guys.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 01:04 PM
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19. No, that's something different.
Enjoy your day.
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LawnLover Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 08:30 PM
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20. No, actually, it's the same thing
But you keep playing your game. You'll always find the result you want.
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 12:06 PM
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17. To me, the problem with the hypocrisy argument is that it's a convenient shifting of standards
I judge myself and others based on my own standards of right and wrong, but when we pull the hypocrisy card we're switching to judging the target based on their standards (which, if their standards are not ours, is itself a bit hypocritical). More troubling, it seems that "hypocrisy" is far more frequently trotted out as an excuse to revel in tawdry details and provoke discomfort than anything else...

I see Edwards upthread as an example, but it's not the same at all - I was unhappy with Edwards because he violated my don't-cheat-on-your-spouse standard, not because of any professed set of moral standards on his part. If Hunter had penned a tell-all (e.g. "He's so careful with his hairdo up top, but he could use a little man-scaping down below, and by the way his staff isn't all that presidential.") it would be analogous to this event, and I'd find it equally disgusting...
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-31-10 09:09 AM
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21. please see the definitions below
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misogyny
   /mɪˈsɒdʒəni, maɪ-/ Show Spelled Show IPA
noun
hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women.
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Compare misandry.

Origin:
165060; < NL misogynia. See miso-, gyn-, -y3

Related forms
misogynic, misogynous, misogynistic, adjective
misogynist, noun

Can be confused:  misandry, misanthropy, misogyny .
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misogyny (mɪˈsɒdʒɪnɪ, maɪ ;-)

n
hatred of women



mi'sogynist

n , adj

misogy'nistic

adj

mi'sogynous

adj

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misogyny
1650s, from Gk. misogynia , from misogynes "woman-hater," from miso- + gyne "woman" (see queen).

misogynist
1610s, from Gk. misogynes "woman-hater" (see misogyny).
Online Etymology Dictionary, 2010 Douglas Harper
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