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What is the appeal of someone like Andrew Tate and other "toxic masculinity" peddlars?

Asked by Locke (518points) January 2nd, 2023

As a man, have you ever been drawn to a misogynistic “alpha-male” lifestyle? To those who own the phrase “toxic masculinity” and assert that men are meant to be chauvinistic, dismissive of women, and sexually aggressive?

I tend to think that if young men are being drawn to someone like him it’s because society is not meeting their needs in a number of ways. As with a lot of people like him, I think he’s correctly identified a problem (how men are feeling empty and purposeless in society), but he’s incorrect about the cause of this problem and the appropriate solution. How would you suggest we steer young men away from people like this?

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mazingerz88's avatar

Great question. Don’t see any appeal from where I sit. I see a douchebag. Like trump.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Column: Andrew Tate isn’t an alpha male. He’s a whiny internet huckster

” he and his brother Tristan were arrested in Romania in connection with human trafficking and rape allegations, he whimpers that there’s an interplanetary conspiracy against him.”

Mimishu1995's avatar

I think Andrew Tate touches on the deep desire of some men: the desire to be dominant, to make out whenever they want and to have as many women as they like. This is a primal desire that have existed since the dawn of humanity. There is a reason why so many cultures had and still have customs that gave men too much privilege and women so much restriction. The reason why it’s looked down upon now is because we have evolved to see it isn’t a good thing. But it’s still there inside some men.

There are young men who go through trauma and become cynical of the world, and there are also men who are actually bad people deep down and like what they see in Andrew. It’s easy if the man is in the former category. But if he is in the latter one, then he is also contributing to the problem and it isn’t easy to steer him away from the influence.

Blackberry's avatar

It’s the classic predator. They prey on people that are down on their luck and need someone to tell them it’s not their fault.

There’s a lot of people struggling financially now, so it’s the perfect time to recruit lost and helpless people. Literally the same as terrorism. Except this time it’s gonna be domestic terrorism against women that won’t have sex with them.

Locke's avatar

@Blackberry It did remind me of how terrorist groups recruit disaffected young men, a demographic seemingly most ripe for radicalization. The problem then is why are there so many disaffected young men? What alternative to extreme ideology and violence can we give them?

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