The Ant Hill Kids

To preface this post I would like to say that the following subject is somewhat provocative and gruesome. Throughout this post I will be focusing on The Ant Hill Kids, an infamous Canadian cult (or NRM – New Religous Movement) and detailing some of the occurrences that they are known for. You might be interested as […]

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Who Wants to be a Pillionaire

I’m sure we have all heard of the pill and we’ve also been taught about it’s revolutionizing effects, but what if I told you the pill was one of the most economically formative things ever. When the pill first came out it essentially allowed women to decide if, when and how many kids they would […]

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Twenty Seven

The famous 27 club, we’ve all heard about it. Some of the worlds biggest musicians all dying at age 27. Names like Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Amy winehouse all passed away at this mysterious age. So the question is why? Is this just a coincidence or is there something going on behind the scenes? […]

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Playing the long game

While researching WW2 and the pivotal decisions that were made, a common theme within the Russians strategy started to appear. On at least a couple of occasions, their leader at the time (Stalin) wasn’t able to think for the long term goal and as a result, paid long term consequences. The first example of this […]

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How to write an essay

Near the very start of The Taming of the Shrew, in the street before Baptista’s house, Kate exclaims “I pray you, sir, is it your will to make a stale of me amongst these mates” (1.1.57-58)? Apparently, she doesn’t want to marry. Although at this point in the play it’s hard to tell, the analysis […]

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Misogyny Vs Sexism

Do you know the difference between misogyny and sexism? Probably not. A lot of the time people use these two words interchangeably. In the news and on social media we hear these words a lot without really being able to separate them in our minds. The thing is, they have two different and distinct meanings.

In class this week, there was a discussion on misogyny and sexism and what they really mean. It wasn’t planned, but this discussion was really interesting and got me thinking because I personally, did not know the difference. I knew they both had to do with the oppression of women but I couldn’t really give a definition. I decided I would put in a little research and what I found is pretty interesting.

Let’s talk about sexism first. This is probably the more common term overall. The definition of sexism is “prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex”. This clearly states that sexism is exclusively on the basis of sex. Not even necessarily against women. Because of the worlds current state, the vast majority of problematic sexism is going to be against women but I think this is something that’s looked over, especially when put in contrast with misogyny.

If we look at misogyny, we can see a few key differences. The definition for misogyny is “dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.” first of all, we can see misogyny is exclusively aimed towards women. It is impossible to be misogynistic towards a man whereas it is possible to be sexist towards a man. If we take a closer look you will also be able to see the words “ingrained prejudice”. Ingrained meaning “firmly fixed or established; difficult to change”. This implies a deeper meaning. Misogyny is long standing and has been embedded in today’s society for generations before us. Because women have been, and still are fighting for equality, misogyny is likely a product of that gap in rights, showing how systematic misogyny really might be. Imagine you are brought up being told that apples are superior to bananas. The laws of the time even saying that apples have certain rights that bananas don’t have. You will probably begin to develop a world view that apples are simply better. When put in context to women, this is exactly where misogyny comes from. A systematically taught and ingrained belief that men are superior to women. If a women was to speak up and suggest that rights should be equal, you, as someone who had been taught that women are not equal, would most likely hold a dislike and contempt for that woman, creating misogyny.

Here is a link to a great article about misogyny: What Does Misogyny Look Like?

In conclusion, I think the differences between sexism and misogyny should now be clear. Sexism is a discrimination based on sex. A stereotyping or prejudice in general. Misogyny is a deeply rooted belief that women are unequivocally lesser and should be put back into their place if they do anything otherwise. I think this research shows that these two terms do mean extremely different things and need to be used correctly in the media, news and anywhere else they are frequently confused.

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Shrew You 2

As I have been getting deeper into my Shrew you project through the last week, a lot of new information has been presented. I have been taking a closer look at the suffragette movement and women’s rights in general. Because this project is all about The Taming of The shrew, I have been taking a […]

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How Far is Shrew Far

Starting today, I’m introducing a new type of post on my blog. Similar to my TWIL posts last year. For the next five or so weeks I’ll be posting weekly. These posts won’t necessarily be the longest posts, but more so constant updates on what I learned, discussed, liked or disliked throughout the last week. […]

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Touring The Cove

Due to the strange COVID start of our year, my PLP 12 cohort saw an interesting beginning to our first project called Marking History. In this project we were to research, collaborate and then design a historical marker for a walking tour in the Deep Cove community. The first 5 weeks of our schooling (the […]

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