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Why Women Hate Women with Berit Brogaard

On this episode, Ameé speaks with Berit Brogaard. “Brit” is a Professor and the Director of the Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research at the University of Miami. Her educational background includes a medical degree in neuroscience and a doctorate in philosophy. 

Her areas of research include perception, synesthesia, blindsight, consciousness, neuro-psychiatry and emotions. Brit has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles, some three hundred popular articles on neuroscience and health issues and three books: Transient Truths (Oxford), On Romantic Love (2015) and The Superhuman Mind (2015). She is currently finishing a third book with Oxford entitled Seeing and Saying. 

Her work has been featured in various public media, including Nightline, ABC News, the Huffington Post, Fox News, MSNBC, Daily Mail, Modesto Bee, and Mumbai Mirror. She is the 100th President of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology and was the first female President of the Central States Philosophical Association.

We know the movies like “Mean Girls”. The gossip. The put downs and insults. And then even the not so obvious ways women sabotage each other in the workplace even, especially if it’s in male-dominated company or industry. 

So it begs the question – if we know how hard it some times to be a woman and live with our challenges, socially and culturally, why on earth would we be hateful towards other women? 

And that’s why Brit is on today – to help us understand female misogyny. 

In this episode, you will hear: 

  • Defining misogyny and what it is.

  • Where can the origins be generally found for men and women? 

  • The four basic types of female misogynists: The Puritan, The Self-Critic, The Self-Loather, and the She-Devil.  

  • Are feelings of jealousy and envy towards other women misogynistic or normal?

  • How widespread is female misogyny? 

  • Is this something treatable or addressable? Can a misogynist learn and grow out of these feelings of contempt? 



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