I started this post with the intention of posing a definition of misogyny, providing a couple examples, and wrapping it up. But, when I went onto UrbanDictionary.com to look up the definition for misogyny, the first thing that popped up was “Vampire Ass: an ass so juicy you just can help but sink your teeth into it.” Nevermind the two blatant misusages of grammar, this is a perfect example of how misogyny has infiltrated our every day thinking.
We hear music (Robin Thicke’s summer hit 2013 Blurred Lines, comes to mind), we hear stories about people like Malala Yousafzi, we know that women politicians the world over can’t step outside (let alone hold a press conference), without someone criticizing their wardrobe.
Misogyny has not “made a comeback,” that way that certain critics are claiming. Robin Thicke did not create misogyny; Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Pharrell did not come together to bring misogyny back and make it sexy again. Almost every single genre of music has a misogynistic slant. A lot of music and songs have lyrics that are just too vile to repost.
But, you might find yourself asking, what about artistic license? Is not it my constitutional right to freedom of speech?
Well, sure, that’s absolutely true. What we forget is that the Supreme Court of the United States did place limits on freedom of speech, particularly when that speech presents a clear and present danger, so why do misogynistic lyrics, images, articles, etc. continue?