Australia PM's Speech Prompts Dictionary Update
Definition of 'misogyny' is expanded after Gillard's rant
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2012 5:29 PM CDT
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard inspects a guard of honor on her arrival at the Indian presidential palace for a ceremonial reception in New Delhi, India, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

(Newser) – Sign of a speech that makes an impact: The dictionary takes notice. Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard's takedown of a political opponent she accused of sexism and misogyny not only went viral, it's forcing a change to the nation's Macquarie Dictionary, reports the BBC. In the next edition, the definition of misogyny will expand from "hatred of women" to include "entrenched prejudice of women."

Editor Sue Butler explains that Gillard's speech made clear that the term has evolved, reports the Australian. "We decided that we had the basic definition, hatred of women, but that's not how misogyny has been used for about the last 20, 30 years, particularly in feminist language," she said. "Sexist does seem to be moving towards this description of surface features and misogynist applies to the underlying attitude."

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winterfairy
Oct 20, 2012 7:29 PM CDT
Feminism == entrenched jealousy of men and all they can do to the point of blind hatred. An unremitting desire to destroy all men economically, socially and emotionally through any lie, deception or slander their feminist sisters in human resources or the courts can use. False accusations of rape, child abuse or sexual perversions are especially attractive as they accomplish more than one goal. White males are particularly attractive as targets because anything white and male is evil beyond belief.
right2dave
Oct 19, 2012 3:35 PM CDT
Eva Longoria retweeted a follower on Wednesday who called the GOP presidential candidate a "tw*t." (And not the word that rhymes with "Mitt," the word that rhymes with "swat.
lvan
Oct 17, 2012 10:16 PM CDT
Oh just so you know anything a man says is misogyny. Sit down and shut up guys