Misogyny is one of a set of words constructed from a prefix, one of Phil- or Mis- meaning to love/like or hate/dislike, a middle part, one of -Gyn-, -Andr- or -Anthrop- meaning women, men or people in general and a suffix -ist, -y, -ism indicating the part of speech, ie practitioner, concept and practice respectively.
see also Philogyny (love of women), Misandry (hatred of men), Philandry (love of men), Misanthropy (hatred of people) and Philanthropy (love of people); misogynist and misogynistic.
I don't believe that misogyny
is a tenet of society (which society?). If you buy the hardline feminist rhetoric
, then misogyny is an implicit unspoken value inherent in the system
of many cultures, even to a lesser extent in American
ones. However it is not a tenet, which would imply
that it is explicit
I'd personally prefer to regard it as a sad flaw in some men.