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Post by Archived Topic » Thu Jan 15, 2004 5:20 pm

Is there an opposite to "misogyny"; that is, a word meaning hatred specifically of males? I am not thinking of "misanthropy", which means hating all people, regardless of gender.

Thanks for your help. And I don't hate men at all, for the record.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 5:34 pm

How about "mrogyny".
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 5:49 pm

The word, I believe, is misandry. I go to a foaming at the mouth women's college, you see. Common usage.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 6:03 pm

misogyny is a hatred of women, misanthropy is a hatred of mankind, so what is hatred of men?
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 6:17 pm

Hi Sallie,

I believe Sara has the right of it. I also believe that the OED is edited by those 'foaming at the mouth women' that Sara mentioned. Although I already knew the three words under discussion I decided to check that I was correct. Both 'misanthropy' and 'misogyny' have their headings and quotations, but 'misandry' rates only a mention under the heading for the prefix 'miso-'. Methinks there's something rotten in the state of Denmark.

Here's a few other interesting 'miso' words gleaned from the afore mentioned list.

misarchist - a hater of governments.
misobasilist - a hater of kings.
misocapnist - a hater of tobacco smoke.
misocyny - a hater of dogs.
misopaedist - a hater of children.
misopolemic - a hater of war.
misoxene - a hater of strangers.

And my favorite (I had to look it up)

misotramontanist - a hater of people live on the other side of the mountains.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 6:32 pm

We've established that the hatred of men is "misandry", but I'm still not sure what a hater of men would be called. A misandrist, perhaps?
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 6:46 pm

My 'Chambers 20th Century Dictionary' agrees with you, Jason - 'misandrist' it is!
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:01 pm

Illuminating that we're all so familiar with "misogyny" but not "misandry", eh?
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:15 pm

Evidently, Julie, you are right... Although society has evidently progressed somewhat from its miserably asymmetric condition at Sara Shiver's foaming-at-the-mouth women's college - I wonder which one it is, and whether they have tourists there?
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:29 pm

Thanx for the words above, they helped with homework.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:44 pm

Being a pedant, I point out that a hatred of men is not an opposite of a hatred of women. The love of women is opposite to the hatred of women.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:58 pm

I think pendant is right. Perhaps we can term 'misandry' a parallel word. (And thanks to you here... I couldn't find the word on M-W.com, no matter how I searched for it. It turns out 'misandry' is a word you need to purchase a subscription to the unabridged for.)
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 8:13 pm

misogyny means hatred for women.. as mentioned above already I guess.
I read somewhere philogyny means the love for women.
-shrugs-
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Jan 15, 2004 8:27 pm

Thanks for all the info!
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