Crazy misogynistic comments are as old as time and can come from the mouths and pens of people we consider to be educated scholars.
Crazy misogynistic comments aren’t a result of tweeting when tipsy or a social media meltdown. Nor are they preserve of the badly educated and ill-informed. They are not all from sex-starved Incels brainwashed by some nutcase cult Tik Tok-ing from a basement somewhere. They are not all uneducated rappers from underprivileged backgrounds who don’t know any better.
Nope, casual misogyny is as old as time and comes from the mouths and pens of people we consider to be educated scholars, thinkers and leaders including Buddha and Aristotle.
Dr. Charlotte Proudman pulled together a battery of quotes on Twitter and shared some major casual misogynybloopers from high ranking and educated men, plus some ones I dug up ourselves
Message – women love to be raped and wacked around and want to stay in a subservient position in the patriarchy.
Because of course, that’s what we are looking for. Right?
🗨️ “The words and work of God are quite clear that women were made to be either wives or prostitutes.” Martin Luther
🗨️ “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.” — Timothy 2:12
🗨️ “A proper wife should be as obedient as a slave.” Aristotle
🗨️“There are only a half dozen men of letters (and no women) worth printing.” TS Elliot
🗨️ “When a woman has scholarly inclinations there is usually something wrong with her sexual organs.” Friedrich Nietzsche
🗨️“Women with their two fingered wisdom have a difficult time understanding what I teach” Buddha
🗨️ “Children of working mothers are “ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate children”. Boris Johnson
Rape and violence
🗨️ “A little bit of rape is good for a man’s soul” Norman Mailer
🗨️ “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Former Republican Congressman Todd Akin
🗨️”I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” Donald Trump
🗨️ “I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman – although I don’t recommend doing it in the same way that you’d hit a man. An openhanded slap is justified – if all other alternatives fail and there has been plenty of warning”. Sir Sean Connery
🗨️ “Slut, you think I won’t choke no whore / Til the vocal cords don’t work” Eminem
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This normalisation of misogyny is only the outward sign of worryingly deeper, polarising cultural trends which need to be discussed and addressed before they get worse.
The reality is that the workplace should have improved for women. But in many ways, it hasn’t. A misogynist culture prevails despite evidence to suggest that the business benefits are incontrovertible.
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