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Misogyny is bad for men's mental health

If you're trying to screw or screw over women, you probably have some massive problems with yourself

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By Caroline O'Donoghue on

We've spent the last (looks at watch) 200 years trying to get rid of misogyny, and for the most part, it's been pretty slow going. In fact, it's been so slow it's started moving in reverse. American women are legitimately fearing that their right to a safe, legal abortion might be taken away from them. A right that, let's not forget, they've had since the 1970s. 

In the words of Michelle Obama and every dating columnist ever, 'strong men don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful'


Today however, science has dealt us a mild comfort. Misogyny is not just a terrible addition to any dinner party: it's also bad for men's health. In a study conducted by the American Psychological Association and published in the Journal of Counselling Psychology, researchers studied the relation between men who "conformed strongly to masculine norms" and positive mental health. The results were... not great. 

Over the course of 11 years, the study found that men who were preoccupied with either screwing or screwing over women were both the most likely to suffer from mental health problems and the least likely to seek psychological help. "Playboy behaviour", sexual promiscuity and dominance over women were all harmful to mental health and interpersonal relationships, which is interesting from a science point of view and not at all surprising if you've ever dated someone with these attributes. Because... honestly. In the words of Michelle Obama and every dating columnist ever, “strong men don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful."

It's great to see that the problem of male mental health is being addressed with qualitative study, but also, it's pretty awesome for the next time someone is a dick to you. Because really, what better way to take the wind out of someone's sails than by gently asserting that their pervy chat-up line is founded in psychological turmoil? It might sound cruel, but let me tell you: I'm not above it.


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