Misogynoir: The Unique Discrimination That Black Women Face

The reason for the second post is that I don’t feel that many people know what it is and it hinders the portray of black women in social media other than negative stereotype. With this perception of an selected group of people it allow whatever form of discrimination that group faces to run rampart.

Although Black Lives Matter was founded by three black women from Los Angeles that is difficult to know that by most of the intense focus of black lives loss is primarily on the black man. And do not misunderstand me, I’m not saying that an intense focus shouldn’t be placed on the lives of black men and I understands historically where it comes from, but there need to be equal attention paid to both genders when an injustice is committed.

Misogynoir is a new term for a problem that is centuries old, misogynoir, coined by Moya Bailey was developed to describe the specific hatred, dislike, distrust, and prejudice directed toward Black women. It is a combination of sexism and racism.

I thought the article below explained it pretty well.


Article by Janice Gassam Asare

Anti-racism involves exploring the unique ways that anti-blackness shows up in different forms in our everyday life. When trying to understand a person’s experiences, intersectionality is an important consideration. Intersectionality, a term coined by scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, was initially defined as the unique forms of oppression that Black women face. Now, the term has become more mainstream and is conceptualized as the experiences faced by those with intersecting identities. A newer term, misogynoir, coined by Moya Bailey was developed to describe “the specific hatred, dislike, distrust, and prejudice directed toward Black women.” Anti-racism education and efforts must explore misogynoir, how it manifests and how it can be mitigated.

Misogynoir is rampant in ways that may not even be realized. The hashtag #SayHerName was created in 2014 to highlight misogynoir and how stories of Black women and girls often go overlooked, unnoticed and untold. These experiences range from police violence to sexual assault and often go unreported. Two very apparent examples of misogynoir in the public sphere can be found in the stories of musician R.Kelly’s victims and most recently, the events that transpired with rapper Megan Thee Stallion. Throughout R.Kelly’s 30-year career, a number of women and girls, mostly Black and underaged, have made claims that R.Kelly has sexually abused them. Despite the growing number of accusations that have been made, it wasn’t until recently when the 2019 documentary Surviving R.Kelly came out that these stories were given credence. Black women and girls who share experiences of abuse, trauma, and assault are largely shunned, criticized and ignored. These experiences are questioned, scrutinized and dissected more than any other group.

In July, a video emerged featuring rapper Megan Thee Stallion with what appeared to be injuries to her foot as she was apprehended by law enforcement. In August, Megan Thee Stallion shared that she had, in fact, been shot in the foot by rapper Tory Lanez. Following the sharing of this information, a barrage of criticism directed at Megan Thee Stallion ensued on social media, with many questioning the veracity of her story. Some even labeled her a “snitch” for publicly naming Lanez as her shooter. Despite the wealth, fame and notoriety that Megan Thee Stallion has amassed, the amount of harsh and insensitive comments directed at her is a painful reminder that misogynoir is alive and well, even in Hollywood. Apparently, no amount of prestige, money, or fame can alleviate that. Contrary to what one may believe, money doesn’t insulate Black women from experiencing misogynoir. If those in positions of power and privilege are not shielded from misogynoir, then what protections do Black women who are not in positions of power and privilege actually have?

Many people are still unaware of misogynoir and how it manifests to collectively harm Black women. The first step to dismantling and disrupting misogynoir is awareness. Anti-racism education should explore misogynoir to increase awareness and understanding. Read books like Minda Harts’ The Memo and Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism, which explore intersectional experiences in greater detail and can expand one’s awareness. One of the most critical components to combat misogynoir is listening to Black women. When Black women share an experience, rather than questioning the experience or engaging in racial gaslighting and tone policing, it’s imperative to simply listen. Also important is avoiding behaviors such as white centering and defensiveness during these conversations. The voices of Black women are often muffled, stifled and silenced. Ask yourself what you are currently doing to amplify the voices of Black women. Lastly, consider how you are using your privilege, access and opportunity to uproot misogynoir any time it rears its ugly head.


About unholypursuit

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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