Misogyny, as Oxford dictionary describes is the “Dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women“.
After Julia Gillard was voted into the role of the first female Prime Minister in 2010, she brought to attention some important details. In 2012, Julia was “driven to make a powerful speech on misogyny, which reverberated around the world.” Marian Sawr states that “the arrival of a woman Prime Minister helped bring into the open the gendered nature of politics.”
“Many conservative and libertarian women also take a remarkable amount of sexual-political abuse …women are expected to hold liberal views just by virtue of being female — [which] can become a license for allegedly progressive men to demean and dehumanize women who decline to play that part.” This identity-based discrimination needs to be acknowledged by the public, rather than being a secret known only to people in these important workplaces.
One potential magnifier of this issue, of course, is the Internet, which by its nature, creates what feels like a consequence-free zone for the abuser, where women are supposed to read these comments and “shrug it off”, says Ross Douthat from the New York Times, well, it’s easier said than done.
The fact that “two thirds of women journalists face intimidation” has created a large debate, why have these threats been suppressed? Why is no-one talking about it? Sixty-four percent of the 875 female journalist respondents to the International Women’s Media Foundation’s online survey said they had experienced “intimidation, threats, or abuse” in the office or in the field. Female journalists don’t want to be abused in the course of our employment— the majority of women who are harassed do not report what has happened to them, despite the fact that more than half of them confirmed that the experience had a psychological impact.
“This kind of Trolling is a certain kind of evil: the rationale is inconsistent, the victim often random, the motives unfathomable to any decent person. But the vast majority of the targets for obscene, violent abuse are female.” The victims often not wanting to read their email or check their twitter in fear of this online cyber-bullying style of abuse attacking them.
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Sexual harassment in journalism: A new study shows that the majority of female journalists have been abused, threatened, assaulted, or harassed.. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/12/03/sexual_harassment_in_journalism_a_new_study_shows_that_the_majority_of_female.html. [Accessed 15 May 2014].
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