I think it is well enough established now why men might hate women, and i will reiterate that it is a prejudiced bigotry equivalent to racism. Engineer has given us some good reasons why men might fear women (as they would fear members of minorities, too, challengers for their former seemingly unassailably superior positions). Does anyone else have any other ideas on why men might fear women?
I think we have talked about only the tip of the iceberg regarding this subject.
It's important to distinguish individual men who might have deep-seated hatred, or fear of women, stemming from their actual personal negative experiences with women--i.e. a cold, rejecting, or overly controlling mother, or a marriage and/or divorce which involved a wife being extremely emotionally abusive--from other causes of hostility or fear of women..
In the case of the mother, the male might have life-long problems trusting women because the negative influence occurred at such an early stage of life and continued for an extended period when the individual was very vulnerable. So, feelings of fear or anger might be transfered onto all other females when that male is an adult.
In the case of a bad marriage/divorce, the anger and/or fear might be intense for a while, and transfer onto other females, but, like grief, it might abate with time so that, after a period of time, the man no longer hates or fears all other women just because of what he went through with one individual woman.
Engineer did give a good summary of social/economic factors that can lead to hostility or resentment regarding women in our current culture.
But, I think we also have to take into account the fact that hostility and/or fear of women has been true all over the globe, for thousands of years, as evidenced by instances of significant mistreatment of women as a group, or excessive control of women as a group, and this has often been irrespective of racial and religious factors--it's been cross-cultural. That suggests something more deep-seated in the male psyche that contributes to these feelings of hostility and fear toward women. Perhaps some of it is related to general male castration anxiety, and attempts to over-compensate for it, simply because male genitalia are more physically vulnerable than a females, or because the female is viewed as having been already castrated because she lacks a penis, or maybe it is unrelated to castration anxiety at all.
But it really cannot be denied that some of the hostility and fear of women goes beyond boundaries of time, and specific cultures, and has been prevalent in pretty much every part of the globe for thousands of years, and has resulted in discriminatory treatment of women, and abuse of women, and control of women. And this sexism, and bigotry toward women, has become acceptable because it has been woven into the cultural mores of societies globally.
I do think some of it stems from religious influences--certainly Judeo-Christian influences, given the depiction of Eve in the Bible. Women cannot be trusted because of Eve. The image of God is male, not female, making women inferior. And this sort of thinking has been around thousands of years.
But, other religions as well see women as worth less than males, or as needing to be controlled by males, or as having an identity only as it relates to males.
I'm curious about what others think on this issue. Why, seemingly, has there always been a certain amount of fear and hostility toward women? Is any of it rational?