Could Duke Orsino in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night be considered a misogynist?

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Misogyny is generally understood as a hatred of women, but feminist theory interprets misogyny as being shown through "discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women" (Dr. Mel Konner, "The Tangled Wing"). The essential point is that it should not be seen as simply hateful feelings felt towards women or as a general mistreatment of women. Dr. Mel Konner points out that women have been subjected to many horrible things, such as Hindu women being burned alive on their husband's funeral pyres, not because the men subjecting them to these tortures hate the women, but because the men claim to be protecting the women. Yet, the horrible treatments fall under the category of misogyny because they are a means of suppressing women. Duke Orsino certainly does show that his main interest in wanting to marry Olivia is to satisfy his sexual longings, which is sexually objectifying Olivia . In this sense, he does think through misogynous ideas. However,...

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