Eliza Steinbock
– Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle
Book Chapter 2016


Activists today must consider analytics beyond two neat camps of “perpetrator” and “victim” aligned respectively with “men” and “women.” Misogyny’s critical purchase arises from its ability to identify the injustices endured as a result of disparaged femininity and to acknowledge how these injustices are experienced differentially by white women, women of color, homosexual men, sissy, faerie, or fag identified people, transvestie, trans women, femmes, and queens. In contrast, popular usages of “misogyny” continue their struggle to determine what a woman is. This tension makes misogyny a key term for radicals to consider as we respond to the hate coursing through patriarchal, racist, and capitalist relations.