Misogynoir is a term that was coined by Black feminist scholar Moya Bailey to describe the specific forms of misogyny and sexism that Black women experience. It is a combination of the words misogyny, which refers to the hatred or dislike of women, and noir, which means black in French. Misogynoir is used to describe the unique and intersecting forms of discrimination that Black women face due to their race and gender. This includes discrimination based on stereotypes about Black women, as well as the intersection of racism and sexism that Black women experience. Misogynoir can manifest in a variety of ways, including in media representations of Black women, in the workplace, and in everyday interactions with others.
Misogynoir disproportionately affects Black trans women and other marginalized groups of Black women. It’s important to reflect intersectionality when rallying against misogynoir.
Here’s how you can address misogynoir in your community.
Read books, articles, and blogs written by Black women, and engage in dialogue with people who have different perspectives and experiences.
When you witness misogynoir, speak up and use your privilege to advocate for change and support Black women.
Support businesses and organizations that are owned and led by Black women, and make a point of hiring and promoting Black women in your own workplace.
Create more inclusive environments in your personal life by ensuring that your social and professional networks are diverse and welcoming to Black women.