It may seem obvious, but I decided to list the patterns of misogynistic mindsets I have encountered in the past (both on and offline.)
1. In addition to being sexist, they are also usually racist, homophobic, ageist, classist, and overall very judgmental towards other people.
It makes sense that those who look down on roughly 50% of the world’s population are not generally open to people-lovin’. They have a very narrow set of traits they approve of and refuse to tolerate the rest.
2. They categorize other males into “alpha” and “beta” categories.
Until recently, I only thought these were Greek letters and types of radiation. However, it turns out that some adult men are yet to mentally graduate middle school, and choose to believe that the world consists of a metaphorical popular group that is their life’s purpose to join.
3. According to them, there is nothing worse in life than being single, a virgin, or rejected by women (you know, the people they despise.)
It’s not like people have to deal with other challenges in their life (family illness, abuse, living in poverty, violence, being bullied, harassed, etc.) I’ve actually met a handful of guy-children who consider themselves “traumatized” because when they were growing up, they didn’t get dates in high school. In some cases, girls were actually mean to them. However, in other cases, the problem was that girls simply refused to notice or talk to them. Now they are disillusioned and jaded about women.
Wow, I didn’t realize that not getting asked to prom could have such a lasting impact.
4. They categorize women according to a ‘slut/traditional housewife’ dichotomy.
This is similar to the “virgin-whore” dichotomy. However, for them, the women in their lives are either sluts they get into bed or a traditional housewife if/when they choose to marry. Just to be clear, these two categories DO NOT overlap. If you are a slut, you’re damaged goods and no longer wifey material.
Wait, was this obvious?
Anything I missed?