As a result of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s speech in parliament a few weeks ago, Australia’s national dictionary is changing the definition of misogyny, or rather broadening it. The dictionary currently defines misogyny as “a hatred of women”, and new printings will now include “entrenched prejudice against women”.
On the one hand, I’m sort of excited that a single speech can have that kind of effect, that it actually redefines words, but on the other hand, the cynic is me sits up and goes “why didn’t it have that definition a very long time ago?” because it’s sort of obvious to me that that’s precisely what it means.
Oh well. Is this progress? I can’t even tell anymore.