The question What is the wife of a henpecked husband called?, asked five hours ago as I write this, has currently generated a list of highly gendered pejoratives, from shrew to cow, with virtually1 no caution or commentary about why any of them might be the least bit problematic to actually use in today's society. The latest offering, which is from a new user and reads in full
How about these : bitch or cow
already had an up-vote when I saw it. That could be because, while low quality in terms of sourcing and explanation, it's actually an appropriate answer to the literal question. I hope it's that, and not that someone got really excited by the license to call his wife a bitch.
I've flagged the question to at least be protected (now that it's on the HNQ), but I really would more appreciate some of the regulars around here stepping up to include some usage notes about the history and likely offensiveness of their answers.
If you think these answers are completely un-problematic, ask yourself, what's the gender-flipped equivalent of a hen-pecked husband and his emasculating wife? The answer is that there isn't one, because it has never been considered particularly problematic for men to browbeat, bully, and intimidate their female romantic partners (let alone for women to put up with such behavior). Put another way, the defining characteristic of a hen-pecked husband is that he obeys his wife's dictates. Compare that with the traditional wedding vows, which literally required women to promise to obey their husbands as a prerequisite to being a wife.
I'm not asking that the question be closed, or anyone's answer be deleted (except possibly that last one, if it's not improved to the community's minimum standards). I am asking that at least a few of the answerers/commenters include any information at all about the social implications of actually using these terms. That kind of commentary would go a long ways to making that question look more like a Q&A about English usage, and less like the bulletin board in a very stuffy boys' club.
1 One answerer did include a comment disavowing "the history of sexism" of the terms in question, and while I was composing this another user added a cautionary comment to the lead answer. Thanks, @TaliesinMerlin and @Todd Wilcox.