Misogyny is not necessarily a hatred of ALL women

“So what a misogynist truly loves is the shallow image of women that exist’s only in one’s mind and is illustrated in such things as pornography or mainstream media that espouses that ideal. The hatred is directed at real women, for not living up to a misogynists expectations of women being easy to control and for not providing adequate stimulation for men’s interest” – The heartless bitches

The idea that misogyny occurs only if a man hates all women, in all ways is just shit. One dictionary definition narrowly defines misogyny to a hatred of women, so misogyny only exists if that narrow, impossible definition is met? Spare me. Men like Tony Abbott only think of women as acceptable if they meet a very narrow definition that he does not apply to men. Anything outside that and according to him we are murderers, it’s okay to call us bitches, witches, refer to single female politicians as needing to “make an honest woman of herself”? Doesn’t that sound a lot like hate?.

I have no doubt that Tony Abbot loves his wife and his daughters. But he has demonstrated time and time again with his words, and his actions and his policies and positions that women are something to be controlled by the policies of men. Does anyone truly believe that if these “strong, capable women” he is surrounded by don’t meet a very specific set of ideals that Tony expects women to adhere to, that he’d still treat them with respect if they didn’t? Can anyone truly imagine that if a woman pulled Tony aside and said “Tony, mate. You can’t say that kind of thing to a woman. It’s sexist, and we’re in a workplace. It’s unacceptable” that he would apologise and change his behaviour? He is too invested in his world view, of men as protectors and leaders and women as support staff.

Unless something changes, Tony Abbott will continue to think of only a subset of women as “women” and hate every other type of woman as something other and wrong and unacceptable. Sounds and awful lot like misogyny to me.

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