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Topic: 6) Loves women (1 of 8), Read 92 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Thursday, October 14, 1999 09:03 AM

John Cunningham, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, writes: "I am a freelance writer and, as such, am in the habit of dealing with words. Many of my friends are writers, poets, playwrights, etc. I have discussed with several of them the lack of an antonym for 'misogynist.' Can you think of one?"

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Topic: 6) Loves women (2 of 8), Read 94 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Thursday, October 14, 1999 11:05 AM

why, it's philogynist, of course.


today's wwftd is...

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Topic: 6) Loves women (3 of 8), Read 85 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Charles Elster (chelster@juno.com)
Date: Thursday, October 14, 1999 04:14 PM

Yes, "philogynist" is the word you need. Of related interest is the counterpart of the misogynist--the misandrist, a hater of men.

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Topic: 6) Loves women (4 of 8), Read 40 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Birgit Houston (dbrhkraken@aol.com)
Date: Saturday, October 23, 1999 02:07 PM

"Satyr" is an old word, one similar in origin, I believe, to nymphomaniac. I suspect, though, that the meaning is more sexual than was asked for in the question.

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Topic: 6) Loves women (5 of 8), Read 39 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Donald Webb (donwebb@netcom.ca)
Date: Sunday, October 24, 1999 04:10 AM

On 10/23/99 2:07:23 PM, Birgit Houston wrote:
>"Satyr" is an old word, one
>similar in origin, I believe,
>to nymphomaniac. I suspect,
>though, that the meaning is
>more sexual than was asked for
>in the question.

The question was debated to exhaustion on the HUMANIST list some years ago. The consensus was "misandrist," but nobody really liked it.




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Topic: 6) Loves women (6 of 8), Read 45 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Ryan Jensen (azraiel@hotmail.com)
Date: Sunday, October 24, 1999 04:45 AM

Just thought I'd take the opportunity to post a few terms from the world of anthropology (and my own personal world).

A lot of these terms are from a Greek root. "Anthropos" is "man," but used when referring to humanity, or mankind. I'm not entirely certain about these two, but I believe the root for male and female are "andros" and "gynos," respectively. Thus, while polygamy is a general term for marriages with more than one member of a certain gender, it is more appropriately "polygyny" if there are multiple wives and "polyandry" if there are multiple husbands. Too, while "misanthropy" can be loosely defined as "hatred of mankind," "misogyny" is hatred of women and "misandry" is the hatred of men. And, sensibly, since "philanthropy" is the love of mankind, "philogyny" is the love of women.

This sort of pattern is never foolproof, unfortunately. I would guess that the counterpart for philogyny would be "philandry" based on the above conjugations, but the closest word I can find seems to be philanderer, which has quite a different meaning. Any ideas?

Ta

Ryan

P.S. The board's spellchecker had fun with this one. Oddly enough, it recognizes "polyandry" but not "polygyny." Hmmm.

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Topic: 6) Loves women (7 of 8), Read 31 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Monday, October 25, 1999 02:17 PM

On 10/24/99 4:10:37 AM, Donald Webb wrote:
>The question was debated to exhaustion
>on the HUMANIST list some years ago.
>The consensus was "misandrist," but
>nobody really liked it.


that's good, since it's not an antonym for misogynist anyway.
: )

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Topic: 6) Loves women (8 of 8), Read 24 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Jeff Musa (musafam@hotmail.com)
Date: Monday, October 25, 1999 02:36 PM

I eagerly logged in to voice my reply of philogynist and was disappointed to see I wasn't the first. I am pleased to see, however, that my musings have been affirmed by other philologists.


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