Donald Trump’s victory in last Tuesday’s presidential election has caused some to celebrate, others to protest, and some to head to the dictionary. Merriam-Webster recently announced that searches for “misogyny,” among other similarly troubling words, have surged in the days following Trump’s win.
The top Merriam-Webster searches from election week, in descending order, were “fascism”, “bigot”, “xenophobe”, “racism”, “socialism”, “resurgence”, “xenophobia”, and “misogyny”.
Likewise, Google Trends data tracking search queries reveals that, following Election Day, words like “misogyny” and “fascism” have been on a lot more people’s minds:
According to Merriam-Webster, headlines such as “Why misogyny was The Donald’s trump card” by The Telegraph and “Misogyny now has the White House seal of approval” from The Boston Globe spurred the interest in these highly-searched words, as well as tweets from celebrities:
If tweets like this have you yourself wondering what exactly “misogyny” means, it means “a hatred of women,” according to Merriam-Webster. On the other hand, “misandry” means hatred of men — but this country rarely needs to use the word.
Now, if you knew what “misogyny” meant before reading the paragraph above, Merriam-Webster sympathizes. And if you can read between the lines, their Twitter feed in the past couple days has been especially poignant.
Please enjoy this article on the history of the word 'farce'. https://t.co/ZZ5nxjnFQm
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) November 11, 2016
Next, read up on the more than 200 incidents of harassment and bigotry that have occurred since Trump’s election, before reading about how Donald Trump’s misconduct toward women goes well beyond “locker room talk.”