- May 26, 2013
Don't mean to be an asshole, but you are one million percent wrong. Phobia, the suffix meaning 'fear of', homo, meaning same, and in this case, same sex relationships. Misogyny, by definition is hatred or contempt or dislike for women, whichever one you want to choose. When people use it, that's generally not what they mean, but that means they are using the wrong word. Misogyny is a hatred for women by definition.LarsInCharge said:Just aslassiie said:I think what he is hitting on is the general misuse of the word misogyny. I hear it tossed around like candy in this day and age, especially in the gaming industry. I don't think most of them mean an actually hatred towards women, but the word still gets used.srpilha said:Yes, yes and yes. I was just about to post almost exactly the same ideas, cheers for doing it better than I could.ShenCS said:Just dropping a note that few are claiming that the misogyny in the industry came from people being out and out woman-hater types. More that they were/are just obliviously dismissive of the female gender, relegating their entire significance to a story to very limited roles (damsel, fanservice etc.). Of course, that comes full circle and into Yahtzee's point: people most often complain about their sexualised appearance instead of their muted character and plot relevance.
(I still think the sexualized appearance *is* an issue too because, disproportions or not, we're still floating around just one body type / behaviour for allll women)
homophobia =/= fear of gays
misogyny =/= hatred of women
The current use of the first one is "Treating women like lesser people without realizing it". Though I agree it gets thrown around too much.