A new large-scale study, reported on this week by The Independent, that analyzed 19 million tweets over four years found three million posts including insults aimed at women. The users who had posted the insults were more likely to be female than male.
This report seems to confirm a study that came out this past summer, reported on by the BBC, which found that 50% of misogynistic tweets were made by women.
More than 60 per cent of the offensive tweets posted by women used derogatory animal references such as “cow” and “bitch”. Men were instead likely to make personal comments about a woman’s intelligence, sexual orientation and/or anatomy.
In September, it emerged that police chiefs were considering recognizing misogyny as a hate crime. This would bring abuse directed at women in line with attacks motivated by hostility and prejudice towards race, religion and sexuality.
To date, no studies have been done on who uses misandrist language more because, lets face it, we all know the answer to that already.