Misogyny is understood as a repulsion, hatred or aversion towards women, so it is related to everything that has to do with the feminine world.
Nowadays, as with homophobia and racism, misogyny is studied as a behavior disorder that belongs to the individual and not the collective sphere.
The Thought of Misogyny
From an etymological point of view, the roots of the term misogyny are found in Greek and are divided into the following lexical components: miso (hate) and gyne (woman), added to the suffix “-ia” which means a quality or action.
Its origin is directly linked to a variety of Greek myths, as shown by the sphinx (mythological being with a lion’s body, bird’s wings and a woman’s face) who was an incarnation of the devil, as well as of bad luck and destruction .
Later, Catholicism also pushed misogyny through Adam and Eve, showing the woman as the original sinner, so their actions led to men being expelled from paradise. In this way, it contributed to the increase in contempt for women and for the entire female universe .
Misogyny is a feeling that has been around for centuries, so it was strongly rooted in human relationships in some societies, establishing myths and beliefs that associate women as the source of all evil.
Misogyny and machismo
It is important to highlight that, unlike machismo, the misogynist person does not try to establish a situation of dominance over women, but his hatred is so great that he intends to eliminate any relationship with the female sex.
The macho man does not intend to eliminate women from his circle of relationships, but imposes himself on her considering her inferior in his abilities; however it is capable of playing a role in its existence.
The problem is that this role is totally subordinate and must completely submit to the interests of man.
Machismo considers women capable of providing sexual satisfaction, being a mother, taking care of the children and performing basic household tasks, even with little qualification, however, it requires a submissive posture.
Misogyny can be translated as a total absence of the feminine element in man’s life. Both concepts share a negative view of women, although one case is more accused than the other.