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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.
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(ˌɡaɪnəʊˈfəʊbɪə; ˌdʒaɪnəʊ-)
a dread or hatred of women
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gynephobia, gynophobia

an abnormal fear or hatred of women. — gynephobe, n.
See also: Women
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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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What is gynophobia? A Fear of heights B Fear of women C Fear of dogs D Fear of men 2.
Rather, the puzzle and its answer open the window to understanding a broader and more systematic victimization of women and people of colour, in which the political corruption of governments serves as an accessory in much the same way as O'Meara had been accessory to extending the gynophobia of patriarchy.
At Cannes, Kering will give its Women in Motion talks a more political dimension via its partnership with the European Women's Audiovisual Network; it's also paired with Lisa Azuelos'new nonprofit, Together Against Gynophobia, and its short contest.
Meredith's conservatism is also manifested in his paternalistic attitudes concerning the role of women in the civil rights movement, reflecting a broader pattern of rhetoric Phillip Brian Harper terms an "anxious gynophobia," which he argues is "particularly pronounced in twentieth-century assertions of black manhood" (x).
Perhaps the most problematic area is Freedman's handling of gynophobia. Because he wishes to avoid "the misleading impression that woman is the principal repository of dangerous knowledge rather than one important form among many" (4), Freedman subjugates a longer treatment of the role of women in Western culture to an appendix.
Zolotonosov, a sexologist, attributes Chekhov's misgivings about marriage to an abnormal fear of women (gynophobia).
(17) For a study of the development of gynophobia in China, see Wawrytko 163-97, esp.
This is gynophobia; it should not be confused with misogyny since Johnny and Freda are harmonious.
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.
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.