Misogyny Là Gì

When I Doubt Myself và other women –challenging internalized sexism / internalized misogyny

Internalized sexism is defined as the involuntary belief by girls và women that the lies, stereotypes and myths about girls và women that are delivered khổng lồ everyone in a sexist society ARE TRUE. Girls and women, boys và men hear the sexist messages (lies và stereotypes) about women over their entire lifetimes. They hear that women are stupid, weak, passive, manipulative sầu, with no capađô thị for intellectual pursuits or leadership.

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There are two logical, predictable consequences of a lifetime of such messages. First, boys / men will grow lớn believe sầu many of the messages, & treat women accordingly. They will be thoroughly indoctrinated into their role in sexism, protecting their male privilege by colluding with the perpetuation of sexism.

But there is a second logical consequence – the same messages also stiông xã khổng lồ girls and women, resulting in internalized sexism / internalized misogyny. Women và girls are taught to lớn act out the lies and stereotypes, doubting themselves và other females (sometimes called “horizontal hostility.”) This is the way women collude with the perpetuation of sexism.

For the sexist system to lớn be maintained and passed on to lớn the next generation, we all must believe sầu the messages (lies & stereotypes) lớn some degree, & collude with sexism by performing our assigned roles.

Most progressive, non-profit organizations, whether in human services or social change, recognize that their mission cannot be completely fulfilled until all forms of oppression (racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, anti-Semitism, et al) are addressed. Many of these same organizations, however, vì chưng not recognize the forms of internalized oppression that interfere with accomplishing their missions.

Women’s organizations, in particular, must take conscious action to lớn recognize, acknowledge và interrupt internalized sexism / internalized misogyny as it affects individual women and the organization as a whole.

This worksiêu thị encourages women khổng lồ recognize & examine the harmful impact of a lifetime of sexist messages on their own self image, as well as their attitudes toward other women. Exercises and skills are offered khổng lồ affirm women, women’s skills and to challenge internalized sexism, in our own lives, for girls in our lives, and in our women’s organizations.

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Sample Objectives

To provide a framework và comtháng language for genuine dialogue about sexism và internalized sexism, & lớn create an environment which encourages such dialogue.To clarify the historical, political & social context for sexism và violence against women in the U. S.To probe the reality và daily experience of sexism & internalized sexism for women in U. S. America.To identify concrete examples of internalized sexism in the lives of girls & women.To identify concrete examples of internalized sexism within institutional structures & programs.To develop attitudes và tools for interrupting internalized sexism – personally and organizationally.To examine the interconnections of sexism & racism, & the negative sầu impact internalized sexism has on anti-racist action by women.To offer individual participants opportunities to lớn deepen their own awareness & understanding of sexism, and their commitment to gender justice.To develop specific leadership skills and relevant strategies for challenging internalized sexism.


One to two days, unlimited number of participants, one or two facilitators.Women only.Both days are interactive sầu and experiential.A variety of teaching/learning modalities is used: small groups, fishbowls, interactive exercises, caucuses, lecture, graphics, music, poetry, và journaling.Includes handouts và a personal journal.The focus is on the personal impact of sexism and internalized sexism.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the INTERNALIZED SEXISM WORKSHOP participants will:

be familiar with language và a framework related lớn the historical, political & social realities of sexism in the United States.define internalized sexism, & distinguish between internalized misogyny và internalized male supremacy.explore examples of internalized sexism in their own lives and the lives of other women & girls.begin to lớn identify examples of internalized sexism in organizational structures, policies & programs.identify & nurture attitudes and actions lớn counteract the impact of internalized sexism for adult women và reduce its recycling khổng lồ future generations of girls.have sầu created a personal bond with one or several other participants with the potential for future collaboration.leave sầu the workshop with a tangible plan of action for themselves in their organizational role.



The “When I Doubt Myself and other women” worksiêu thị offers women an intense, personal and interactive experience with opportunities to examine, question and challenge the harmful impact of a lifetime of sexist, misogynist messages on their own self image and their attitudes toward other women. Exercises và skills are offered khổng lồ affirm women, women’s skills and khổng lồ confront internalized sexism.

No woman, or women’s organization, can avoid the challenges presented by internalized sexism. Internalized sexism is defined, at its most basic level, as “the involuntary belief BY women & girls that the sexist lies, stereotypes and myths ABOUT them are true.” Some of the results of this involuntary internalization process are self-doubt, self-hate, self-censorship, plus doubt or mistrust of and competition with other women. Internalized sexism results in women’s collusion with sexism and male supremacy.

Internalized sexism, or more accurately its fraternal twins: internalized misogyny & internalized male supremacy, have sầu thoroughly taught women two key lies. First, women are not completely competent, trustworthy, or capable of “real” leadership, and second, men are.

There can be devastating consequences for individual women & women’s organizations who bởi not challenge internalized sexism.

Organizations who have sầu sponsored this workshop:

Sample Non-Profit Sponsors:

Community Against Violence (Domestic và Sexual Violence program)Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape / National Sexual Violence Resource CenterYWCA Regional Northeast và Heartland Regional CouncilsYWCA of Lancaster, PAMichigan Womyn’s Music Festival (1998 – 2011)

Sample Emergency Service Organization Sponsors:

London Fire BrigadeInternational Women in Fire & Emergency Services (2001 – 2009)Tulsa Fire DepartmentVirginia Progressive sầu Firefighters AssociationAlexandria (VA) Fire Department