Misogyny in the Gay Community


Stephen Fry has been widely accused of misogyny after he described costume designer Jenny Beavan as dressing like a “bag lady” during Sunday night’s Baftas award show.

It’s the type of comment that Twitter equality crusaders love to jump on; Fry duly quit the social network (again) after receiving a barrage of abuse. But it’s not the first time he has faced the accusation of misogyny. In 2010, the broadcaster said that women don’t enjoy sex and only agree to it because it “is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship with a man”. He later admitted that the comment was “offensive, ignorant [and] arrogant”.

Personally, I don’t know if Fry is a misogynist or not. But what I do know is that a worrying number of gay men are misogynist.

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