Misogyny derives from the Greek word “misogunia,” the pairing of “misos” meaning hatred and “gyne” meaning woman. Misogyny is often considered “the world’s oldest practice” based in the concept of hateful distrust of women. Misogyny was first noted during ancient times in Greek mythology and Roman philosophers. Many theories exist as to what causes the prejudiced feelings and attitudes displayed by misogynists. Biology, evolution, phallogocentrism, and other naturalistic theories are suspected of triggering misogynistic ideas. Yet, despite harboring a negative attitude toward women, some misogynists have positive relationships with members of the “hated” sex.
Whatever the source of the disdain, distrust, and pure hatred held by misogynists, misogyny is the subject of great debate between feminists, social biologists, and even misogynists themselves. Misogyny is a prevalent issue often expressed in various forms of communication, including music. Here are the 20 Most Misogynistic Songs Ever: