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Misogynoir, coined by Moya Bailey, describes the fear and/or hatred of Black women that lies at the intersection of racism and sexism; misogynoir is not always blatant or intentional and can manifest in how one responds to the presence, stories, and thoughts of Black women like the anti- Blackness of first and second wave feminists. - Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi, adapted by Michelle Xie [1]

Examples of misogynoir

Dismissing black women's claims of abuse, assault and trauma 

  • Throughout R.Kelly’s 30-year career, women and girls that were mostly Black and underaged, made claims that R.Kelly sexually abused them. Despite the number of accusations, it wasn’t until recently when the 2019 documentarySurviving R.Kelly came out that these stories were given credence. [2]

No amount of money or fame protects black women 

  • In July, a video emerged featuring Megan Thee Stallion with injuries to her foot. Megan Thee Stallion

shared that she had been shot in the foot by Tory Lanez. Criticism directed at Megan Thee Stallion ensued on social media, with many questioning her story. [3]

The angry black woman stereotype [4]

  •  I.e. declaring black women are “too aggressive” in their activism
  • Anger is belittled by "portraying it as an inherent character flaw, rather than a justified reaction to circumstances."-Kesiena Boom 

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