Misogyny and Misandry: No Place Within the LGBT+ Community
Workshop Session 6-F
Presented by Richard Brethour-Bell, Chair, Santa Fe Pride
Most of us are familiar with the term, misogyny: Misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. According to feminist theory, misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, belittling of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women.
As activists in the LGBT+ community, we don’t tolerate misogynistic behavior within our ranks. We acknowledge the hard-work and successes of LGBT+ women. They were pioneers in the gay rights movement, as well as the fight against HIV/AIDS. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t misogynistic behavior within our community from time to time, but as whole we find it unacceptable.
Misandry, the dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against men (i.e., the male sex) hasn’t been taken as seriously. We see this manifested in sexual discrimination, belittling of men, and sexual objectification of men. Although, being a feminist doesn’t make one a misandrist, there has been rhetoric that have lead some to draw this conclusion.
Our greatest successes as a community has come by working together to accomplished our goals. Now is not the time to revert to divisiveness. More of us are parents. We can’t afford to raise another generation of children who are made to feel inadequate or inferior, especially by our own hands. We should all examine hour honest views on sexism in all of its forms to see if there is a need for adjustment.