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How dangerous is Andrew Tate’s misogynist messaging?

Key Takeaways

  • Andrew Tate is a misogynistic influencer who gained awareness in the late summer of 2022.
  • Later many major social media sites banned him.
  • Misogyny can hurt people of all genders, not just those it directly attacks.

Recently, one of the most talked-about social media influencers hasn’t made their mark through the usual means, such as cool fashion trends or informative mental health talks. No, instead, they’ve exploded with inhumane misogyny on the internet.

The man in question, Andrew Tate, described himself in an interview as a “success coach” but had nothing but awful things to say about women and how they should be treated. These include, but are not limited to: dating 18 to 19 year old women is good because you can impress them, women should stay at home and men own women as property. Tate, who is British-American, has also been investigated by police for abusing and holding a woman against her will.

The statements echo his first brush with public life when, in 2016, Tate was kicked off the “Big Brother” show after a video showed him hitting a woman with a belt. The following year she responded to the #MeToo movement by arguing that women should take some responsibility for rape, according to guardian.

Facebook, TikTok, Youtube, and Instagram are among the platforms that have banned Tate’s content However, this has not stopped its influence or spread on the Internet. As of mid-August, NBC News reported that videos of “#AndrewTate” have been viewed 12.7 billion times on TikTok.

Misogyny is the psychological and social appeal of dominants

The term “misogyny” first entered public discourse in the 17th century as a term meaning hatred of women. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary today the definition has expanded to include not only hatred but also “hatred or prejudice.” Critically, “misogyny” differs from “sexism” in that it is opposed to being applied only to women versus any sex.

There are many reasons why a person may mistreat someone, such as low self-esteem and similar belief systems. Regarding low self-esteem, Dr. Lee Phillips, a psychotherapist and certified sex and couples therapist, says this can increase the likelihood of leaning toward toxic masculinity ideals, along with experiencing insecurities.

“They may not feel good about themselves, and it may make them a man happy,” Phillips explains. “Anyone who promotes toxic masculinity needs control, and they’ll seduce someone by manipulating them. It’s often a crowd pleaser.”

Y. Mimi Ryans, LCSW-C

Don’t tell your daughter that the little boy likes her and pulls her pigtails because he likes her.

— Y. Mimi Ryans, LCSW-C

It can be as simple as someone like Andrew Tate saying what a person already thinks and wanting to express themselves. Angela Robinson, LPCMH, NCC, clinical director of Northnode Group Counseling, explains that this alignment can create a variety of idols.

Mental health consequences of misogyny

It goes without saying—yet somehow cannot be emphasized enough—that misogyny can have serious mental health consequences. “Gender discrimination can cause a cascading effect of negative emotional reactions, defense mechanisms, and self-deprecating thought processes,” says Robinson. “It creates division, hatred, bitterness and self-fulfilling boundaries. This is a waste of energy and can potentially prevent individuals from reaching their full potential.”

Negative messaging and power imbalances can also cause women to feel less agency over their lives, and at the same time, men are more manipulative, adds Y. Mimi Ryans, LCSW-C, RPT-S, CCPT, owner and lead therapist at Lighthouse Therapy and Play. center for This terrifying effect is true for people of all genders, whether an entire culture is nonconforming or the only person around you who acts this way. “These attitudes can be harmful because a young woman will grow up feeling inferior and young men will grow up lacking empathy for women,” she continued.

Lee Phillips, Add

Anyone who promotes toxic masculinity needs control, and they will seduce someone by manipulating them.

– Lee Phillips, Add

While some men may perceive misogyny as an advantage for their gender, ultimately, again, it affects everyone badly. Robinson explains that deference to this view can reduce opportunities for free-thinking and self-discovery. “If a young person is emotionally immature and lacks the ability to process emotions that allow them to gain new perspectives before reacting, they may be prone to violent and abusive behavior,” he added. “Consequently, it is due to an inability to be honest with oneself and a false sense of traditional social recognition and promised benefits to people’s ability to have sustained energy to ‘act a part.'”

Part of combating this narrative begins with parental intervention. As Phillips explains, the development of one’s sense of self-esteem begins in childhood, and a misogynistic culture can make boys feel as if they cannot express their emotions appropriately.

“Parents need to instill in their children that relationships are not about partnership and ownership. Adults also need to stop toxic masculinity at a young age,” adds Ryans. “Don’t tell your daughter that the little boy likes her and pulls her pigtails because he likes her.”

What does this mean for you?

Whether you’re an avid social media user or your children are, it’s important to present different perspectives and never take an ideology at face value or assume it’s okay to engage if it doesn’t target you.

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