What does mangina mean?


Mangina is a derogatory term for any man perceived as effeminate, especially used online to put down men who identify as feminists. It can also insult the genitals of persons of all gender identities.

Examples of mangina


Examples of mangina
To the guy walking the 4lbs dog...Your mangina is showing.
@de2theJay, July 2018
Any feminist-leaning thing I've written is predictably met with some men labelling me a "mangina," which one commenter helpfully defined as a man with an "extreme need to seek approval from females to the point of eradicating his own self and becoming a servant eunuch."
Micah Toub, The Globe and Mail, May 2018
Mangina politicians and their policies making business out of #FakeCases to extort money out of innocent men. No legal safeguards for innocent men from lying, vile, greedy women.Anyone supporting these laws,hope you realise what they can do to your honest innocent male relatives.
@5K4R, July 2018

Where does mangina come from?

It’s long been a trend for men to mock others by comparing them to female genitalia. Consider twat or pussy. The term mangina—a blend of man and vagina—is just one of the more recent additions. Real original, guys.

One early instance of mangina appears on an internet Usenet group in 1996. Here, a man used it to humorously describe the appearance of his own genitalia? 🤷‍♀️

By the end of the decade, though, mangina was far less playful and down right offensive: It was demeaning the genitalia of trans persons.

In the early 2000s, a New York performance artist, Patrick Bucklew, helped popularize the term in his act, The Mangina, in which he walked around the city while naked except for an artificial vulva over his genitalia. Only in New York, right?

Also at this time, mangina was in use in gay slang for the anus. Use your imagination.

2005 first acquainted viewers with the character of Old Gregg, who appeared on the series The Mighty Boosh. Old Gregg, as played by Noel Fielding, was a hermaphroditic merman with genitals that he referred to as being a mangina.

By the mid-2000s, the term mangina started being applied as a general insult for men perceived as not being masculine enough, e.g., for enjoying shows like Sex and The City or feeling comfortable crying.

The wider public was likely exposed to mangina in 2008 when the comedy film Step Brothers contained a whole sequence where the word is used to humiliate Will Ferrell’s character for performing in a musical. The implication is that he isn’t a straight man for being in theater.

In the mid-2010s, mangina was adopted by conservative internet trolls, particularly from the alt-right, who use it similarly to the term cuck. It especially insults men seen as submissive for supporting such causes as gender and sexual equality, as if they are betraying their manhood.

Who uses mangina?

Mangina is almost always used as a sexist way to insult a person’s masculinity. Most of the time, mangina refers to a person’s character: Calling someone a mangina implies that they are weak and effeminate. This can be a general insult but the political right online often use it to target progressives and male feminists.

Mangina can also be used as a way to demean someone’s genitals. This use, sometimes playful and other times mean, can be applied to either men or women, implying that either a woman isn’t womanly enough or a man isn’t manly enough, or so on. When aimed at a person of non-binary gender identity, mangina is extremely offensive.

Among fans of The Mighty Boosh, mangina is a shibboleth for the character of Old Gregg.


Mangina is also a surname, though not a hugely common one. (We’re so sorry. Was high school awful?)

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