Women Wearing Revealing Clothes are ‘Asking for It’: Men’s Language and Misogyny

Wanita Memakai Pakaian Mendedahkan adalah 'Memintanya': Bahasa Lelaki dan Misogini

  • Sabrina Adia Mohd Sharizal
  • Kesumawati A. Bakar
Keywords: technology, men’s language, misogyny, Twitter, social media



In this globalization era, technology has become a dominant feature of our life and the main language used in communication technology is the English language. Lately, the use of the language to spread negativity has become a norm among users of social media. The use of slurs and downgrading words by men, targeting women, are frequently observed on social media platforms such as Twitter. This notion of hatred towards women by a group of people is defined as misogyny. This research aims to investigate the relationship between men’s language and misogyny on Twitter. The objective of this research is to identity and analyze the types of misogynistic language in English posts on Twitter. This research adopts aqualitative approach in analyzing English tweets from Twitter. Using Anzovino, Fersini and Rosso (2018)’s taxonomy of misogynistic behaviour model, the tweets are classified into 6 types of misogynistic language. The results of the analysis show that the most common type of verbal abuse is “derailing”, followed by “stereotype and objectification”. The least common are “sexual harassment & threats of violence” and “dominance”. The reason behind the highest frequency of “derailing” is due to the belief of that women should not have equal rights. This research is significant for the public to understand the characteristics of men’s language and how it influences misogynistic behaviour on social media.

Keywords: technology, men’s language, misogyny, Twitter, social media

How to Cite
Mohd Sharizal, S. A., & A. Bakar, K. (2023, January 31). Women Wearing Revealing Clothes are ‘Asking for It’: Men’s Language and Misogyny. Jurnal Wacana Sarjana, 7(1), 1-12. Retrieved from https://spaj.ukm.my/jws/index.php/jws/article/view/517