Julie Burchill Julie Burchill

We are living through a golden age of misogyny

There’s no point teachers getting their knickers in a twist over Andrew Tate

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I hope I’ll be forgiven for not dropping my dog-eared copy of The Female Eunuch in sheer molten awe upon reading in the Times that ‘Courses for teachers on how to tackle Andrew Tate’s views are selling out as schools try to persuade teenage boys to shun so-called toxic masculinity.’ One teacher said, ‘Andrew Tate is just a personification of this rampant masculinity that’s existed in schools and been tolerated for years – boys harass and abuse peers and teachers and male teachers haven’t done enough to combat this. Schools have racism and homophobia policies but hardly any have sexism policies; it’s become naturalised.’  

Better late than never, but it’s no good schoolteachers getting their knickers in a twist over one miserable little incel (Tate brings to mind the greatest ever Little Britain character who got away) when – since the birth of gangster rap (bitches and hoes), the growth of Islamophilia (M&S selling hijabs for three-year-olds) and the trans-activism of the 21st century which seeks to erase the very word woman from public life, a climate of woman-hating has been steadily building.   

Music may be bad, films may be trash, but one thing we’re certainly living through is the Golden Age of Misogyny; indeed, a Rainbow Coalition of misogyny where fear and loathing of women unites millions of men who would otherwise have nothing at all in common.  

We saw this when police and grooming gangs across this proud nation were united in the belief that raped and trafficked children were ‘white slags’ whose word was not to be trusted.   

Misogyny is like Whack-A-Mole, popping up everywhere. We used to expect it from the Tories, but individuals in the Labour party have also recently demonstrated troubling behaviour.   

Recently the Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle’s idea of an apology for acting in an aggressive way towards the Tory MP Miriam Cates during a parliamentary debate was saying that he had failed to control his ‘passion’ – a concerning excuse.

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