The Misogyny Double Standard
Misogyny is the individual, social and cultural hatred of women based on percieved inferiority. Misogyny can be anything from sexist comments or insults to rape culture which is manifested in our mass media, criminal justice system and legislation. It appears many people view misogyny very differently based on the skin color of the messenger. Rap music has long been criticized for it’s lyrics which feature a host of slurs and attitudes directed towards women by both black and white communties. The degradation of women in rap music as a whole is real and the criticism is valid. However, while we “call a spade a spade” when it comes to the ills of an urban art form, let’s not dismiss “grabbing women by the p$%#y”, physical, mental abuse and/or stalking. Whether a man is replacing his 40 yr old wife with his 21 year old secretary because “she’s too old” or name calling in a rap song, misogyny is misogyny and our outrage need not be select based on whether we are speaking of the old, influential white guy settling millions of dollars in sexual harrassment suits vs. the hip hop star talking about the gold diggers who “wanna to stick him for his paper”.
Misogyny is not to be ignored or dismissed no matter whom it comes from and to do so is potentially dangerous. Why? Today, women are still more likely to be a victim of violent crime at the hands of an intimate partner, sexually assaulted and/or stalked.