On internalized misogyny


Bell hooks describes internalized sexism as “the enemy within” and explains that women have been socialized by the patriarchy to “judge themselves and each other without compassion and punish one another harshly.” The material realities of internalized sexism indicate that the feminist agenda need not only focus its attention on the relationships between men and women, but also on “the enemy within” women which perpetuates dynamics of patriarchy as well.


The opposite of internalized misogyny is female solidarity.

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