Misogynoir – When Racism and Sexism Meet

Misogynoir is a form of misogyny directed strictly towards black women. It’s a form of hatred or dislike where race and gender both play roles in biased feelings and behavior. Sadly, negative portrayals of black women in popular culture are rampant.

Some describe Misogynoir as a double barrel shotgun aimed at one particularly segment of society.

Many probably never heard of the word is new but the concept is very old. The term was coined in 2010 by queer black feminist Moya Bailey, who created the term to address misogyny directed toward black women in American visual and popular culture. Trudy of Gradient Lair, a womanist blog about black women and art, media, social media, socio-politics and culture, has also been credited in developing the lexical definition of the term.

The concept is grounded in the theory of intersectionality, which analyzes how various social identities such as race, gender, class, and sexual orientation interrelate in systems of oppression. And how they affect solely black women and girls.


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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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20 Responses to Misogynoir – When Racism and Sexism Meet

  1. A new word to me, so, thank you for this.

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  2. Celeste says:

    I want to commence you, getting the ball rolling, congratulate you for openly using the term. Why? Because it is sort of a word that makes some people a little uneasy because it’s associated with the discussions of racism and African American women.

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    • Thank you Celeste for your post, there’s no need to thanks me. ๐Ÿ™‚ As a writer, I think it is my task, mu duty to write about unknown issues that may make some people uncomfortable. How else will anyone ever address an issue or over come it, if no one talks about or even acknowledge it existence?
      Yes, I’m aware some posts may make some people uncomfortable. But that’s not my aim. My aim is to educate. I’m sure their discomfort is not nearly as uncomfortable as someone living with two forms of discrimination their entire life time.

      I don’t see why this word should make anyone uncomfortable or squeamish when everyone with two eyes and using them know it exist.

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      • Celeste says:

        Things like this is one of the things that caught my attention about your blog and writings. You don’t sugar coat things. Your ‘you can buy my books if you want to or you don’t have to but I’m still going to tell it like it is! ‘ attitude is what some readers like.

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        • Celeste, thanks for shining the spotlight on me. I hadn’t realized I had that attitude. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do care if readers read my work or not, but I care also about the well-being of my fellow humans. I believe if you never cares about anyone, then there will never be anyone who cares about you.

          However, I feel Misogynoir is a problem long overdue for discussing.

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  3. Sadly, it occurred to me reading this post something else called ” Tagging “. sadly we ” tag ourselves too. Society today. Women are strong and women are standing up. We are strong. Instead of tagging ourselves as colour, sexual orientation we need to call ourselves women first, not ~ Tag ~ after all we are all similar! My genealogy is a black Jew Australian. If I tagged myself Black…Jew…black fellow Australian! ๐Ÿ’ฏ And these days my sexual orientation tag ” third sex” ( I don’t do sex ๐Ÿ™ˆ ) After writing all of that smiling a new tag might be ” mongrel cross.” ๐Ÿ™Š On a serious note at the end of the day, it’s up to us to stop โœ‹ TAGGING ourselves. Tags are cruelty. Human Rights Commission is your go to if you feel your liberties is endangered .๐Ÿ’ฏ

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    • “Women are strong and women are standing up. We are strong. Instead of tagging ourselves as colour, sexual orientation we need to call ourselves women first,”

      This is a wonderful idea and the way things should be. I too, wish tags and labels were not a part of reality, but they are. It would work if we lived in a better world. If the past would stop rearing its ugly head, I’m sure most African American women would like to simply be seen simply as an American woman, but unfortunately centuries worth of degrading racial discrimination against African American has tainted society’s view, especially African American women of darker complexion, haven’t afforded the black woman in America this freedom.

      I try to keep up with the tags, at least those that are relevant. Many are not useful. The word Misogynoir grew out of the mentality as to how black women are view in America which is a carry over from slavery in America. This dark and evil mentality have cost many women of color a lot more than being stuffed in a terrible, crime ridden neighborhood, inadequate medical care, lewd views of their bodies. It has cost untold numbers their lives. The American Civil War ended 155 years ago but the mentality toward the freed woman didn’t end. It’s still very much alive until this day. And the only way to educate people on what it is to point it out. Talk about what it does to those affected by it.

      Mongrel cross, I have no idea what it is. But it is an offensive term when applied to a human.


    • Celeste says:

      Wisdom, after 400 years of No Name, this demonic behavior fully deserves to be labeled. Called out in the open for what it is.

      We aren’t taking about harmless, attention getting labels like people sexual perference here. We’re talking about dreadful, life threatening situations such as adult black women with families to support making the same amount of money as white teenagers with no bills to pay.

      Right now, if the average black woman go to just about any hospital USA in severe pain the doctors aren’t going to believe she’s truly suffering. If she’s screaming they down play it to her natural aggressiveness. Black women are supposedly stronger than anyone else. Able to bear more pain.

      I don’t know if have you ever heard of Henrietta Lacks? Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized human cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. They used her cells without her permission and made medical history and trillions of dollars. While she died in poverty and her family was never told.

      So, no we are not talking about the same thing here. The Human Rights Commissions do nothing to protect black women and girls after a report is made. If it isn’t something on a national atrocity scale of human rights organization do absolutely nothing to protect black women and girls. One individual life is meanless. If they do anything, they merely asked the predator did he or she do what the victim say they did and then take their word when the prep say no. No one is around to protect the victim when the predator comes to make her pay for reporting him or her.

      Breonna Taylor is an excellent example of Misogynoir at work. She lost her life and many believe had she been white this wouldn’t have been the case. It has been a struggle to get justice for her.

      Samuel Little killed black women from the 1960’s to the early 2000’s. He’s the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. Samuel Little had confessed to 93 murders in more than a dozen states in over 35 years. Samuel Little, a convicted murderer who the FBI says is the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, died at age 80. Had his victims been white, the law would have stopped him years ago.

      Now, do you understand why it’s so important to address the subject of misogynoir.

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  5. Brendan says:

    The word misogynoir has its roots deeply cemented in slavery in America. Although, many black women supported many movements, fought in wars, and have been the backbone of America since 1619. None of these liberties, movements, and moments supported them. The Feminist Movement didn’t address the problems of black women. It pretty told them if the problem doesn’t concern white women, then it is not a problem. That’s classic misogynoir behavior. The Civil Rights Movements didn’t address the issues of black women either, It pretty told them if the problem doesn’t concern the black man, then it is not a problem. That’s another classic misogynoir credence that does nothing to address the issues of black women. Their problems are not the same as white women nor black men.

    Being a guy, I didn’t want to come out and say how misogynoir came about and why it still misogynoir exist. But here it is:

    Lets me see…how can I say it in a way that won’t sound filthy.

    It was born because the white man, was projecting all his deviant sexual thoughts upon her. Blaming her for his own impure actions, thoughts and notions. Blaming her for him raping her. While she had nothing to do with the sick things that were roiling around in his mind, but with her being captured, enslaved, and defenseless he was able to shovel his own delinquencies onto her and force everyone else to accept them too. It exist to clear the conscious of the oppressors. It exist solely to oppress, use, and abuse as one wish. It exist for no other reason.

    It was created as an animosity within the white woman to give her a superior complex over the slave woman. To make sure these two women never join forces. And when they did join forces the white woman was unable to let go of her superior complex, even for the betterment of all women and girls.

    Misogynoir embodies the worst form of male dominance is how I don’t see how the Feminist Movement expected to get the ERA passed without addressing this fiendish form of dominance.

    Now, fast forwarding to the present day, every one else doesn’t have to accept these views anymore, but many still do. That’s why some do not want to talk about this. They are guilty of it.

    Regardless of who is exhibiting it, the desire to Dominate is still the sole reason behind this form of Misogynistic Behavior.

    I can’t imagine the mental consequences it has on a person’s mental health. Living under a constant cannonade of this bullshit every single day.

    I’m a guy—I’m telling you ladies, men can discuss and learn about things that only affect women if they want to. We’re not socially inadequate, stupid, nor functionally illiterate. We’re simply privileged and don’t care. Women have never forced us to care.

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    • Brendan, thanks for your input. Very much appreciated.


    • Pundit says:

      Brendan, that’s the problem, the world is being ran by too many boys calling themselves men. A real man will never wait for women to force him to do something that a man should do. He looks at his surrounding and work for the betterment of the entire human race. He isn’t so insecure he needs women under his foot to feel like a man. These are not men. Don’t put men like myself in the same category as these things. They are insecure little evil boys who can only feel like a man if he is taking advantage of someone or society is forcing someone to bow to him. That’s not a man. That’s a coward.

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  6. Debjyoti D. says:

    I wonder how did people even come up with the idea and the belief that white is beautiful and black is not. I mean, both are the colours of nature and both should be as acceptable as the other. The societal mind-set is really absurd and baffles me at times. That black woman in the picture is gorgeous.
    As we collectively battle the social evils related to body shaming and discrimination based on skin colour, here’s our view on it



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    • Thanks for the reblog.

      Racism is a way to justify harm committed against someone. Setting the exploiter, predator, free of responsibility for the pain he or she is causing o have caused. The idea and the belief that white is beautiful [good] and black is not [meaning black is evil] was created to make it ok to commit crimes against the dark person because they are already bad according to the perceived teaching evil, bad, ugly. The negative list goes on and on. The exploitations of capture Africans used in slavery in America is where many of the every day ideas we have come from.

      Unfortunately, it is an everyday reality for most women of color. The only way to change it is to discuss what’s wrong with it and be willing to become enlightened and see all people as simply human being with good and bad characters.

      Not only is this perception false and harmful but it has cost scores of women of color their life.

      To any sensible person not blinded by norms, They finds this societal mind-set is really absurd and baffling. It can be understood if one look back on history and trace the behavior patterns.


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