Oh, misogyny.

Misogyny is so ubiquitous, so common, that you can Google information about it pretty easily. You can also find prime examples of misogyny in just a few clicks on Facebook. I also live in Silicon Valley which is pretty much ground zero for the DudeBro culture and most likely home to a good proportion of MRAs. Oh, and let’s not forget #gamergate (link goes to the Wikipedia article which seems to have improved recently, but enter at your own risk. Click here to see an example of the MRA misogynistic denial around #gamergate.).

Then there are the people who you’d think would be feminist, and yet are quite misogynistic. Even in the queer and social justice communities, you’ll find both male- and female- identified persons who espouse social justice, and then are quite happy to be shitty to cisgender and transgender women, drag queens, lesbians, etc. (One of the worst offenders, I think, in this regard is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).) And this misogyny isn’t just limited to men, there are plenty of women (cis or trans) that are misogynistic as well.

Religion has always been pretty bad about misogynistic practices. There’s the obvious places of religious misogyny: the Catholic priesthood, the ‘clergy’ of some traditions of Islam and Buddhism, many Christian denominations, some Jewish denominations, the Mormons, and many many more. There are even pagans who are misogynistic, even if they won’t admit to it (including my ex-coven leader).

And yes, people have the right to practice their religions as they see fit, but, in the same way that it’s responsible to ask questions around different practices when it comes to accessibility and ableism, traditions need to ask themselves why they continue to practice these misogynistic traditions and rituals. Do you continue to use misogynistic ritual and imagery just because “it’s always been done” or does it come from a misogynistic personal worldview you’re not willing to question?