Misogyny in American Culture

Causes, Trends, and Solutions

by Letizia Guglielmo, Editor


A 2017 Harvard study found that 87 percent of American women between the ages of 18 and 25 reported having been subjected to sexual harassment at some point in their lives.

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October 2018


Pages 706
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Current Events and Issues/Gender
  Women's Studies/General

This set surveys American misogyny in all its cultural forms, from popular music, film, and education to healthcare, politics, and business. The work also assesses proposals to confront and reduce such expressions of hatred.

The essays contained in this two-volume set explore misogyny within various areas of American culture to demonstrate its pervasiveness and identify common foundations of its many presentations. Beyond a basic definition of misogyny, which includes hatred of women and girls and the ways in which this hatred and distrust influences action, speech, discrimination, policy, and culture in the United States, this project also aims to expand and complicate definitions of misogyny in order to provide readers with a robust introduction to and understanding of the larger topic.

Given the current political and cultural climate and the more frequent and widespread use of the term "misogyny" by various media outlets and voters during the 2016 presidential election, this book has the potential both to contribute to ongoing conversations on misogyny and, among its intended audience of advanced high school, beginning college students and the general public, to inform a shift currently unfolding in public conversation on the topic.


  • Engages readers in an exploration of the history and impact of as well as current trends in and responses to misogyny on various areas of American culture to demonstrate its pervasiveness and its common foundations
  • Illustrates the role of digital and social media in both amplifying misogyny and serving as a site for response to and action against misogyny
  • Demonstrates that patterns of misogynistic behaviors and actions are evident throughout US history, with contemporary forms of harassment and violence often replicating those of previous decades and even centuries
  • Provides a chronology of events and an appendix of organizations and agencies involved in confronting and combating misogyny in American society for ease of reference
Author Info

Letizia Guglielmo PhD, is professor of English and interdisciplinary studies and coordinator of the Gender and Women's Studies Program at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA. She teaches courses in professional writing and rhetoric, and gender and women's studies. She is editor and author of MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, coauthor of Scholarly Publication in a Changing Academic Landscape: Models for Success, and coeditor of Contingent Faculty Publishing in Community: Case Studies for Successful Collaborations.



"[T]here are few encyclopedias devoted solely to the subject. . . . Students of women's studies, gender, sociology, and political science will find this an excellent starting point for research."Library Journal, Starred Review

"An introduction gives an overview of the history of misogynistic attitudes and explains how the current political environment has caused an increase in incidents. . .This collection would be an excellent start for further research or as a quick overview."ARBA


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