Violence on women tends to reflect how they are treated across society. Attitudes, therefore, matter. India's film and music industries, for example, should stop depicting men who assault women as macho heroes.The Misogyny Song is a song solely or primarily about the hatred or degradation of women. Often from the viewpoint of a deliberately psychopathic jerkass, and often to Lyrical Dissonance, of some sort. Quite a few are also sarcastic parodies of "bitches and hos" gangster rap songs. The counterpart, about hatred or degradation of men, is the Misandry Song note . Misogyny Songs tend to rely heavily on Stay in the Kitchen, "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization, Black Comedy Rape, Domestic Abuse, heavy use of the Double Standard, and similar tropes. They may also rely on Inter Course With You and/or be Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks. (Although it is possible to do both without being a sexist jerk.) Please avoid Natter and Complaining About Shows You Don't Like.
— India's women; The Economist
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Parodies, Aversions, Subversions from all genres
- Girls! Girls! Girls!-Emilie Autumn, a tongue in cheek mock of "look at that silly hysterical girl" thing.
- Clawfinger's "I Need You" is a subversion: The protagonist has this perspective, but it's quite clear that the singer isn't on his own persona's side. The band uses this kind of "Villain Protagonist" structure in many other songs as well.
- Parodied by Jon Lajoie in his "Show Me Your Genitals" songs. MC Vagina claims women are only good for three things: Cooking, Cleaning, and Vaginas. He later amends this by adding Their Sisters' Vaginas.
- Minion Comics features a Teddy Ruxpin-esque stuffed turtle singing a rap song entitled "Punch Your Bitch In The Mouth" advising schoolchildren about how to treat their girlfriends.
- Radiohead's "Nude" is a scathing attack on (or arguably, a deconstruction of) misogyny songs.
- The Amateur Transplants' "Northern Birds" and "Nothing At All" play this for laughs.
- Weezer's "No One Else" was described by Rivers Cuomo as "the jealous obsessive asshole in me freaking out over my girlfriend". However, they don't condone this behaviour since on The Blue Album it's followed by "The World Has Turned And Left Me Here", which is "the same asshole wondering why she left". Weezer have also recorded other songs that on the surface are Misogyny Songs but criticise these attitudes with varying degrees of subtlety instead of condoning them, such as "Devotion", "Hot Tub" and "Why Bother?".
- This attitude gets blasted on Nine Inch Nails' "Big Man With a Gun".
- The Stone Temple Pilots' "Sex Type Thing" condemns this using a similar Villain Protagonist structure as the Clawfinger example, as the lyrics are written from the point of view of a rapist.
- The Adventures Of Duane And Brando have "The Carpet is Lava" which starts with Duane forcing his wife to do housework, until Michael Crane comes in to chastise him... for not abusing her physically enough. The song ends with the wife calling the police and getting told by the policeman that her being beaten was her fault for not obeying the men.
- Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II has a deconstruction of this kind of song in "Bitch Bad".
- Gaston's song Me from the stage version of Beauty and the Beast.
- Similar to the Clawfinger and Stone Temple Pilots examples above, Sonata Arctica's "Don't Say a Word" is a Villain Song that depicts the narrator as a dangerous Yandere whose obsession and simultaneous disdain for the subject of the song is unsettling to say the least. note
- Bikini Kill's "White Boy,' a rare parodic inversion.
- The Prodigy's song "Smack My Bitch Up" was widely assumed to be one due to the rather blunt lyrics, but the band explained that it's actually a regional idiom meaning to do something with wild abandon. Their video addressed the subject by showing a first-person POV of a wild reveler who seduces women, drinks heavily, gets into fights, and turns out to be a woman.
- Swedish Blues/Reggae singer Peps Persson has a song named "Bom Bom - Sen blir det svart" (Boom Boom - Then it goes black) about how his woman has been missing since last night, and when he finds her... Well, that's the title.
- The song "Blues in the Night" popularized by Cab Calloway, is either a Misandry Song or a Misogyny Song, depending on the gender of the person singing. The protagonist's mother warns him/her not to trust women/men because they are "two faced" and will him/her with a broken heart.
Heavy Metal and Heavy Mithril
- "Pleasure Slave" by Manowar is about Happiness in Slavery, and contains the line, "Her only sorrow is for women who live with lies." Apparently, every real woman wants to be a sex slave for Manowar.
- The Mentors have dedicated their entire music career to promoting misogyny, sexism and rape - and no, that's not an exaggeration. Examples include "All Women are Insane", "On The Rag", "Sex Slave", and "My Erection is Over", just for starters. The band calls their genre of music "Rape Rock", and the singer appeared on many television shows (including Jerry Springer) to promote social acceptance of rape.
- Orjatar ("slave girl") by Terä Betoni. In Orjatar, the male narrator returns from the hunt successful, and reminds the female of her place, and expects sex in direct words. Her reward will be "divine pleasure".
- The Meatmen have "I'm Glad I'm Not a Girl", a song written in the typical Meatmen style (read: offensive to just about everything and everyone) about the singer being, well, glad that he doesn't face the same issues females do, including "that monthly rot", "not being able to choose [their] fuck, cuz some schmuck might beat [them] up", and "not wanting to sit to take a piss"
- "Playing Games" by Loudness. Lyrics here (it's a lyrics site so have adblock activated and don't use an insecure computer). Old Shame.
- "Menocide" by Otep, a female metalhead, is another example of a misandry song.
Hip Hop and Rap
- "Crank Dat" by Soulja Boy is a borderline example, because it's pretty obvious the woman in the song is simply a tool for the narrator's own pleasure.
- "She Swallowed It" and "Bitches Ain't Shit", by Dr. Dre, are one of the forefathers of the 'bitches and hos' tendency in rap.
- "Superman" by Eminem is about Eminem apparently having loving sex with someone - only for his subconscious to cut in things like "bitch, you make me hurl".
- Nelly's "Tip Drill" is a particularly infamous example due to its controversial accompanied music video. It memorably included, amongst other things, Nelly taking a credit card and swiping it between the buttocks of a woman wearing a thong.
- "Just The Way You Are (Drunk at the Bar)" by Brian McFadden is a pro-rape song.
- "Girls & Boys" by Good Charlotte is less about overt hate and more about bitter stereotyping; its message is that girls are all Gold Diggers with an undertone of materialism correlating strongly with good looks, and boys put up with the financial cost for sex.
- "All Men Are Pigs" by Studio Killers is a song about how All Men Are Perverts.
- The song "Adam And Eve" by The Bleechers, which was notably covered by Bob Marley And The Wailers, describes the bible story in detail, noting that "Women are the root of all evil." It is unlikely it was meant to be misogynistic but it certainly comes off as being such.
- Peter Tosh's "Maga Dog," "Soon Come," and "Brand New Second Hand" are all attacks on certain women.
- Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style" is about a woman who gets revenge on her boyfriend or husband for cheating on her by spending down all his money and going on a shopping spree with his credit card until he winds up in horrible debt and encouraging other women with crappy boyfriends or husbands to do likewise.
- By Robin Thicke's own admission, "Blurred Lines" is about degradation of women - as he puts it, "what a pleasure to degrade a woman". Feminists were not thrilled. Robin was quite upset by the negative reaction - he insisted that although it was sexist it was all good, clean fun because they're all happily-married Nice Guys in real life, and even at one point attempted to explain the song was actually a new form of feminism that he had invented.
Rock (Includes Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Goth Rock, Glam Rock, etcetera
- Guns N' Roses "I used to Love Her" is a lovely song about how how a man "had" to kill his girlfriend and bury her in his backyard because, well, she "bitched" so much. Slash did say it was actually about Axl's dog, and Izzy Stradlin claimed the song was written as a joke to mock a song he was annoyed by on the radio about "some guy whining about a broad who was treating him bad".
- The Rolling Stones had quite a run of these in the '60s, including "Play with Fire", "Under My Thumb", "Stupid Girl", "Out of Time", and "Back Street Girl". Mick Jagger's justification is that the songs aren't about women per se, they're about relationships that annoyed him. So if he were gay or a woman he'd be writing the same songs about men.
- Theory Of A Deadman's "Bitch Came Back" and "Gentleman". Both of which were co-written by a woman, Kara DioGuardi. (And it can be argued that "Gentleman" insults men at least as much as it insults women.)
- Grindcore act Intestinal Disgorge banked heavily on this trope, to the point where every other song with comprehensible lyrics is about this.
- Glassjaw has a lot of them, with lyrics about past experiences and heartbreaks, and Daryl's tremendous use of the word "whore", along with the occasional "cunt." See "Lovebites and Razorlines", "Hurting and Shoving (She Should Have Let Me Sleep)", "Pretty Lush", etc.
- The Knack received a lot of their Hype Backlash partly as much of their lyrics resembled (or seemed to resemble) this trope.
- Anal Cunt pretty much built their career on taking this trope up to 11, along with anything else they thought would offend people. Arguably a case of parody.
- Fear's "The Mouth Don't Stop (The Trouble With Women Is)" says all you need to know in the title.
- 7 Year Bitch's "Dead Men Don't Rape".
- "Sadistic Desire" and "Vanishing Love" by X Japan. As well as the album covers for Vanishing Vision (which is not safe for sanity, much less work) and for Jade (which is simply NSFW and far less bloodily violent but still a bit objectifying of a woman... and makes even less sense since it has absolutely nothing to do with the song)
- "Fuctrack #6" by Zilch may fall under this due to having the female vocal singing the lines she does and being the "submissive." On the other hand, though, it may not because the male lyrics seem almost self-loathing and craving punishment as the song ends.
- Stephen Sondheim:
- "In Praise Of Women" sung by Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music, which treats women as the possessions of men. The count is an unabashed Straw Misogynist who openly cheats on his wife.
- "Ladies In Their Sensitivities" from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which is the Beadle's advice to Judge Turpin on how to better attract his ward Johanna. Beadle and Turpin are outright sexual predators, making these double as Villain Songs.
- Kiss Me Kate has both the misandrous song "I Hate Men" (sung by a woman) and the misogynous song "(I Am Ashamed That) Women Are So Simple" (also sung by a woman). Whether the latter is meant to be sarcastic is up to Alternate Character Interpretation.
- "A Hymn to Him" from My Fair Lady, where Henry Higgins wishes that his relationship with Eliza were as simple as his friendship with Pickering. Arguably even worse is "I'm an Ordinary Man," which is just about how all women are obnoxious wastes of time who encourage the men around them to be cruel.
- In Hello, Dolly!, Horace Vandergelder sings about how "It Takes a Woman" to do all the nasty tedious chores that make a man's homelife comfortable.
- The Clement Peerens Explosition has "Foorwijf" and "t is altijd iets met die wijven".
- "If You Want to Be Happy for the Rest of Your Life" by Jimmy Soul. Heavy stereotyping, suggesting that an ugly girl is easier to tame than a pretty one, and that her place is in the kitchen. Although this may be less a case of Misogyny, and more a case of straight up Values Dissonance. (And since it's actually an old Jamaican folk song, Jimmy Soul can't be blamed.)
- Dean Martin and Nat King Cole recorded a duet called "Open Up the Doghouse (Two Cats Are Comin' In)", in which they lament their troubles with their respective wives and conclude that "we gotta slap 'em" and "show 'em who wears the pants". It's clearly Played for Laughs, though.
- Russian singer Vladimir Vysotsky's song "Your eyes are like knifes" tells us a story about a man who's girlfriend continuously escapes their home to go clubbing. He threatens to shave her hair the next time she does it.
- Most of the songs of the Mexican bolero singer Paquita La Del Barrio seems to always bash male misogyny, but despite the fact that her songs are NOT Played for Laughs, due to her exaggerated way of how she sings many people listen her songs mostly for the kitsch value of her lyrics.
- This one is at least a hundred years old, played on many a Victrola back in the day:
Oh when I was single, oh thenOh when I was single, oh thenOh when I was singleMy pockets did jingleAnd I wish I was single again
I married me anotherThe devil's grandmotherAnd I wish I was single again
- The narrator goes on to describe in the first verse how he regrets marrying, in the second how his wife died, "and I laughed till I cried," but then strangely in the third verse he hadn't learned his lesson: