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or gy·ne·pho·bia  (gī′nə-fō′bē-ə, jĭn′ə-)
1. Abnormal fear of women.
2. Behavior based on such an attitude or feeling.

gy′no·phobe′ n.
gy′no·pho′bic (-fō′bĭk) adj.


(ˌɡaɪnəʊˈfəʊbɪə; ˌdʒaɪnəʊ-)
a dread or hatred of women

gynephobia, gynophobia

an abnormal fear or hatred of women. — gynephobe, n.
See also: Women
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gynophobia - a morbid fear of women
social phobia - any phobia (other than agoraphobia) associated with situations in which you are subject to criticism by others (as fear of eating in public or public speaking etc)
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The gynophobia Chekhov suffered by is complicated by his decision to wed Olga Knipper in 1901, whom Chekhov, Zolotonosov would have us believe, "found physically repulsive" (106; on Chekhov's marriage see also Paperny; Rayfield).
Also, for the contemporary audience, it is questionable if the novel's gynophobia ever materializes as the threatening horror that it might have been in the 1950s.
Catherine Gimelli Martin, Lauren Silberman, and Judith Anderson all weigh in with counter-readings that both acknowledge Berger's earlier dialogue with Paul Alpers's accounts of how allegory works in Spenser and consider the larger implications of his critique of Spenser's gynophobia.
4; and Huston Diehl, 'Bewhored Images and Imagined Whores: Iconophobia and Gynophobia in Stuart Love Tragedies', English Literature Renaissance, 26 (1996), 111-37 (p.
We might read Bembo's description of the pleasures and profits his lover achieves from this sowing--particularly in a context where women are, however precariously, the arbiters of taste and figures of authority and intelligence--as symptomatic of what Harry Berger has called the gynophobia of gender.
This twinning of gynophobia and homophobia pervades men's apotheosizing of an unencumbered masculine ideal: "For in the dark fantasies of the homophobic imagination, homosexuals are believed to enact a hideous parody of American womanhood; their presumed effeminacy challenges domestic femininity as well as staunch masculinity, and betrays both" (Fone 395).
Then there is ablutophobia, a fear of washing or bathing (and we've all known folk with that), agyrophobia , which is fear of crossing the street, bufonophobia (fear of toads), gamophobia (fear of marriage) and gynophobia (fear of women).