Feminism's focus

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on December 10, 2007

It's been noted that there is no single word in the English language that is the opposite of misogynist -- or someone who hates women. The functional opposite -- a term for women who hate men -- is "feminist." However, it appears that even that term may be a little constrained. Maybe a better definition is "women who hate white, Western men."

Case in point:

I then asked why it was that Western feminists seemed so reluctant to speak out against things such as honour killings.

[Australian feminist Germaine] Greer: "It's very tricky. I am constantly being asked to go to Darfur to interview rape victims. I can talk to rape victims here. Why should I go to Darfur to talk to rapevictims?"

Questioner (me): "Because it's so much worse there."

Greer: "Who says it is?"

Questioner: "I do, because I've been there."

Greer: "Well, it is just very tricky to try to change another culture. We let down the victims of rape here. We haven't got it right in our own courts. What good would it do for me to go over there and try to tell them what to do? I am just part of decadent Western culture and they think we're all going to hell fast and maybe we are all going to hell fast.

They're more interested in the speck in any white man's eye than they are in the huge log that is Middle Eastern/Muslim society. This is also why President George W. Bush has received zero credit for overthrowing the misogynistic Taliban in Afghanistan. If feminists were honestly concerned with women everywhere, there's no doubt that the likes of Code Pink would be singing a different tune.

0 comments on “Feminism's focus”

  1. It is the likes of Germaine Greer and the Code Pink lesbian brigade that make sure that rape continues as a war crime around the world.

    Oh, and by the way: George W. Bush has done more to bring democracy to the Middle East, fund an end to AIDS, and free more women from Islamofascism than any other President. But the Left hates him, which lends me to believe that they just hate Bush. If Clinton had done 1/10th of what Bush has done, he would be more of a saint to the Left than he already is.

    Then again, Clinton was a rapist and harasser. But that was all ignored, because he cared and he bit his lower lip.

  2. There is a word that's the opposite of misogynist: misandrist. A misanthrope would be someone who hate mankind, but a misandrist is someone who hates males.

    Sorry for the nit-pick.


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