As you probably know, “phobia” means the “fear of” something, such as the fear of spiders, or arachnophobia. It is an anxiety disorder. The suffix “misia” is from the Greek word for hate or hatred of. Bigotry and oppression stem from hatred and prejudice, so the authors of this guide are choosing to use the suffix “misia” as it seems more appropriate to be against hatred.
Please visit Simmons University’s anti-oppression guide for additional information and articles on this topic.
Marginalized people are often left out of popular culture, and while that is hopefully changing for the better, the authors of this guide wish to acknowledge that representation in films is contextual and rooted in the sociocultural norms of the period. We encourage you as viewer to keep this in mind and dig deeper into this problematic issue.