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Woman-Hating: On Misogyny, Sexism, and Hate Speech

Richardson-Self, L ORCID: 0000-0002-0010-8615 2018 , 'Woman-Hating: On Misogyny, Sexism, and Hate Speech' , Hypatia, vol. 33, no. 2 , pp. 256-272 , doi:

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Hate speech is one of the most important conceptual categories in anti-oppression politicstoday; a great deal of energy and political will is devoted to identifying, characterizing, contesting, and (sometimes) penalizing hate speech. However, despite the increasing inclusion ofgender identity as a socially salient trait, antipatriarchal politics has largely been absent withinthis body of scholarship. Figuring out how to properly situate patriarchy-enforcing speechwithin the category of hate speech is therefore an important politico-philosophical project. Myaim in this article is twofold: first, I argue that sexist speech, though oppressive, is not hatespeech. Second, I argue that misogynistic speech is hate speech, even when it is intradivisional(that is, when it targets only subsets of women). This is important because recognizingthat the concept hate speech applies to certain forms of patriarchy-enforcing speech isanother step in clarifying what is wrong with the practice, and how bad it is in relation toother abuses. Consequently, this article provides a more nuanced account of the kinds ofexpressions that can and should count as instances of hate speech.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Richardson-Self, L
Keywords: Hate Speech, Misogyny, Sexism, Women, Oppression
Journal or Publication Title: Hypatia
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN: 0887-5367
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