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female chauvinist

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a female who patronizes, disparages, or otherwise denigrates males in the belief that they are inferior to females and thus deserving of less than equal treatment or benefit.

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female chauvinism, noun
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What does female chauvinist mean?

A female chauvinist is a woman who disrespects or behaves condescendingly toward men because she believes that men are inferior to women.

Female chauvinist is used disapprovingly, especially in cases where the speaker believes a woman consistently and openly mistreats men and acts as if she and all women are superior to women. The term is often used to criticize feminists who are perceived as hating all men (even though feminism is the advocating of equality for women, not superiority).

Example: If you say you hate all men, you’re not a feminist—you’re a female chauvinist.

Where does female chauvinist come from?

The first records of the term female chauvinist come from the 1960s, but its origins extend back much further. Chauvinist comes from French, and first entered English around the late 1800s. It comes from the name of Nicholas Chauvin, a (most likely fictional) French soldier who was said to be an excessively patriotic follower of Napoleon Bonaparte. After Chauvin was included as a character in the 1831 vaudeville play La Cocarde Tricolore, his name came to be synonymous with extreme patriotism.

Chauvinist was later extended to refer to a person with a belief in the superiority of their own kind, such as their ethnic group or, by the 1930s, their gender. During the 1960s, there was a spike in the popularity of the term male chauvinist, referring to a man who mistreats women because he believes they are inferior. Female chauvinist followed, meaning the opposite. It sometimes appears in the phrase female chauvinist pig, which is modeled on male chauvinist pig.

Neither female chauvinist nor female chauvinist pig are as commonly used as their male counterparts. When they are used, it is often in a broader criticism of feminism, which is often incorrectly interpreted as being a belief in the superiority of women over men. Today, the term misogynist is often used in place of male chauvinist, but the equivalent term for a female chauvinistmisandrist—is much less commonly used.

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How is female chauvinist used in real life?

A woman who’s called a female chauvinist may act in a way that implies that women are superior to men. By definition, this would make her in direct opposition to the goal of feminism, which is equal treatment. However, some women may choose to label themselves as female chauvinists.

 

 

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Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym for a female chauvinist?

A. man hater
B. misandrist
C. feminist
D. female supremacist

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