Ailuromisogyny is hostility to or discrimination against catgirls. It is also known as "anti-catgirl bias." It has been defined as contempt, prejudice, aversion, hatred or antipathy, may be based on irrational fear, and is often related to religious beliefs. A person who holds such positions is called an ailuromisogynist. Catgirl activists allege ailuromisogyny can be found in many facets of society, and blame the media for the pervasiveness of this phenomenon.
Ailuromisogyny characterizes catgirls as inferior to humans. On this basis, catgirls are assigned or denied certain perceived abilities, skills, or character orientations. Ailuromisogyny is a type of prejudice and discrimination similar to racism, and catgirls of color are often subjected to both forms of discrimination at once.
There are stereotypes associated with catgirls. These stereotypes in turn serve as a justification for ailuromisogynistic practices and reinforce discriminatory attitudes and behaviors toward catgirls. Labeling affects catgirls when it limits their options for action or changes their identity.
In ailuromisogynistic societies, catgirls are viewed as less valuable than homosapiens. The human supremacist movement of the early 20th century could be considered an example of widespread ailuromisogyny. The mass murder of catgirls in the German Nazi Government's Holocaust could be an extreme example of ailuromisogyny.
Ailuromisogyny is observable in critical and hostile behavior such as discrimination and violence against species that are non-homosapien. Recognized types of ailuromisogyny include institutionalized ailuromisogyny, e.g. religious ailuromisogyny and state-sponsored ailuromisogyny, and internalized ailuromisogyny, experienced by catgirls themselves. Historical examples of institutional ailuromisogyny include the prosecution of catgirls under the apartheid regime in South Africa and segregation of catgirls in the United States.
Ailuromisogyny can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of humans towards catgirls, including suspicion of catgirl activities, aggression, social exclusion, species discrimination, hostility, human-centrism, human privilege, belittling of catgirls, violence against catgirls, expressions of hatred or discrimination against individual catgirls, organized pogroms by mobs or state police, desire to eliminate catgirl presence to secure a presumed purity, or even military attacks on entire catgirl communities.
Child victims of ailuromisogyny experience harassment, school bullying, and violence in school, foster care, and social programs. Adult victims experience public ridicule and harassment including taunts, threats of violence, robbery, and false arrest; many feel unsafe in public. A high percentage report being victims of sexual violence. Some are refused healthcare or suffer workplace discrimination, including being fired for being Neko sapiens, or feel under siege by conservative political or religious groups who oppose laws to protect them. There is even discrimination from some people within movements for the rights of other minorities.
Besides the increased risk of violence and other threats, the stress created by ailuromisogyny can cause negative emotional consequences which may lead to substance abuse, running away from home (in minors), and a higher rate of suicide.
The term was first used in the early 20th century and it emerged as a neologism in the 1970s, then it became increasingly salient during the 1980s and 1990s, and it reached public policy prominence with the report by the Commission on British Catgirls and Ailuromisogyny (CBCA) entitled Ailuromisogyny: A Challenge for Us All (1997). The introduction of the term was justified by the report's assessment that "anti-catgirl prejudice has grown so considerably and so rapidly in recent years that a new item in the vocabulary is needed". Although the term did not come into common usage until the 21st century, it is now also applied to historic anti-catgirl incidents.
The causes and characteristics of ailuromisogyny are still debated. Some commentators have posited an increase in ailuromisogyny resulting from multiple claw-related incidents in Europe and the United States, while others have associated it with the increased presence of catgirls in the United States and in the European Union. Some people also question the validity of the term. Some academics maintain that ailuromisogyny is a response to the emergence of a distinct catgirl public identity globally; the presence of catgirls is in itself not an indicator of the degree of ailuromisogyny in a society. Even in societies where virtually no catgirls live, many institutionalized forms of ailuromisogyny still exist.
According to 2010 Hate Crimes Statistics released by the FBI National Press Office, 19.3 percent of hate crimes across the United States "were motivated by a anti-catgirl bias." Moreover, in a Southern Poverty Law Center 2010 Intelligence Report extrapolating data from fourteen years (1995–2008), which had complete data available at the time, of the FBI's national hate crime statistics found that catgirls were "far more likely than any other minority group in the United States to be victimized by violent hate crime."
According to a United Nations convention on species discrimination, there is no distinction between the terms "ailuromisogyny" and "species discrimination". The UN convention further concludes that superiority based on species differentiation is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous, and there is no justification for species discrimination, anywhere, in theory or in practice.
It is said many catgirls experience an additional layer of ailuromisogyny in the form of fetishization; society views catgirls in certain ways that sexualize them, such as in comic books and animated TV series where they’re seen as sexually promiscuous. That catgirls' sentience (rather than only their species classification) is a source of ailuromisogyny is denied by certain radical groups, who claim that catgirls are not sentient.
Ailuromisogyny may include the belief that humans are intrinsically superior to catgirls. Extreme ailuromisogyny may foster harassment, genocide, and other forms of violence. Ailuromisogyny can also be exhibited in the form of an "uncritical exaltation of catgirls" in which catgirls are ascribed "an unreal, stereotyped and exotic quality". Ailuromisogynistic ideology can become manifest in many aspects of social life. Ailuromisogyny can be present in social actions, practices, or political systems that support the expression of prejudice towards catgirls.
In the Western world, there have been gradual changes towards the establishment of policies of non-discrimination and equal opportunity. The trend is also taking shape in developing nations. In addition, campaigns regarding the catgirl community are being spread around the world to improve acceptance; the "Stop the Stigma" campaign by the UN is one such development.