Men make up only 49% of the population and 53% of White women voted for Trump (as well as 62% of women without a college degree). That’s dominance hierarchy taking place through the mechanism of misogyny (women need to stay in their lanes, creating a home and raising children) rather than simple sexism combined with white women wanting to maintain their place in the social hierarchy. Something like 65% of Americans still believe that being a mother is the single most important thing that a woman can do. Female candidates are asked about their families and how they balance that with their careers in ways that male candidates never are.

Notice then that on my proposed analysis misogyny’s essence lies in its social function, not its psychological nature. To its agents, misogyny need not have any distinctive “feel” or phenomenology from the inside. If it feels like anything at all, it will tend to be righteous: like standing up for oneself or for morality, or — often combining the two — for the “little guy.” It often feels to those in its grip like a moral crusade, not a witch hunt. And it may pursue its targets not in the spirit of hating women but, rather, of loving justice. It can also be a purely structural phenomenon, instantiated via norms, practices, institutions, and other social structures.

Manne, Kate. Down Girl (p. 20). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

In other words, what’s in play is not overt disdain for women. It’s a very strong belief that women have a certain role and place in society, and this view is often held and supported by some women as well, in part as a trade-off to keep their place in the social hierarchy nearer to the top and above brown and black people.

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