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LAce Posted Monday, May 22nd, 2006
The Antonym of Misogyny
Donna M. Levy

When the first couple partook of the educational fruit,

They catapulted all humanity into the realm of polarities,

Making life a balancing act on a tightrope between opposites.

Positive and negative.

Good and evil.

Conflict and peace.

Predators and prey.

Male and female.

Misogyny and ____________?

What? No antonym for misogyny? How can such an omission be?

There are no one-sided coins in this universe. Just ask Newton.

Is it that on the one hand, we have:

Bound feet,

Chastity belts,


Battered wives,

And rape,

—and on the other hand, we have nothing?

When there is no word symbol for an idea,

It is difficult to think the thought.

For every day, there is a night.

After every hither comes a thither.

What good is a vice without a versa?

Or, for that matter, a tit . . . without a tat?

An uncreated antonym offers no justice, no corrective,

Nor any possibility for a reconciliation.

So, come on, folks, either coin a word or expunge one.

Comments [post a comment]

Posted by Lauran Strait on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 6:49 AM
Wow! Excellent work, Donna.

Posted by sTAN Garfin [ ] on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 9:28 AM
Donna...Great Job..We are all proud of You in Kempsville......

Posted by Jean M Hendrickson [ ] on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 9:30 AM
Different and interesting poem with a valid point Donna. Thanks for sharing it. Jean

Posted by Irv Thomas on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 6:10 PM
Beautifully expressed observation. As it came through on email (from Lauran Strait?) there is a typo in the last line.

Posted by Nonnie Augustine on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 10:14 PM
I vote we expunge. Nice one! Nonnie

Posted by Barbara Dunn Hartin on Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 at 11:56 PM
Donna Never crossed my mind that there was no antonym for misogyny..How clever of you to realize that and then, even more cleverly,put that realization into a great piece. Food for thought Barbara Dunn Hartin

Posted by Saleh Razzouk [ ] on Thursday, May 25th, 2006 at 3:53 AM
I guess you have to convince Bertrand Russell first. He denied the theory of Hegel on Thesis and Anti-thesis. And insisted that the matter is one sided. Good shot indeed. Saleh Razzouk ( Journalist )

Posted by Jay Wilson [ ] on Tuesday, June 20th, 2006 at 9:47 AM

Posted by Andreas Brandstetter on Saturday, July 8th, 2006 at 3:38 PM
An antonym exists: "philogyny".

Posted by Gracie Landers on Monday, July 10th, 2006 at 12:19 PM
The word is misandry.

Posted by Steve Hazlett on Friday, August 4th, 2006 at 11:03 AM
I have pondered this for quite some time and come to the conclusion that women don't need such a word, because most harbor, in some part of their hearts, resentment and distrust, if not hatred, of men. A woman friend even told me something similar: "We're more upfront. We're simply man haters." Now I find, thru this forum, that such an antonym does exist -- misandry. Thanks and now I can put men and women on an equal footing in their never ending war. Mysogynist? Moi? No, just wary.

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