Study Finds Women Are The Ones Using The Most Misogynistic Language On Social Media

October 20, 2016  |  

One thing I’ve learned working and writing for MadameNoire over the years is the fact that, women often work against their own interests. I see it in the ways women are quick to admit that certain women can push a man to strike her, rather than holding said man accountable for his actions. I see it in the ways the default position is to believe a man in instances of rape allegations. And while I know the history of White women accusing Black men of rape and everything else, the race of the woman really doesn’t make much of a difference in the level of vitriol she receives.

So perhaps, it should come as no surprise that women are the ones who use the most misogynistic language on the internet comes from women. A four-year study found that women in both the UK and the US were more likely to use misogynistic language on social media than men.

The research firm Brandwatch looked at 19 million tweets over the four year period to find the level of anti-woman sentiment online.

Of the 19 million tweets, 3 million of them contained words or phrases that were abusive to women. And most often, women were the ones who posted them.

While the word “cunt” was used predominately by men. Words like slut, hoe, b*tch, whore, dumb, ugly and bimbo, were more often used by women.

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While there is no distinction in whether these phrases were used playfully, or in jest, the study did say they were looking for more than just the words but the context behind them.

Either way, it’s all pretty telling.

Are you surprised by these results?

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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