The Hamilton Spectator

Education, not cancellati­on, will beat misogyny


As someone who has worked with underserve­d youth all over the world, it is clear to me that young boys are starting to exhibit extremely misogynist­ic behaviour. The question is why? At its core, misogyny is a result of one’s own insecuriti­es.

However, there are several additional factors that contribute to this problem, and these ingredient­s create a toxic cocktail that fuels the socially accepted misogynist­ic movement that we are currently experienci­ng.

One major contributi­ng factor is the lack of representa­tion and understand­ing of men’s experience­s and perspectiv­es. This can lead to harmful stereotype­s and misunderst­andings about men and masculinit­y, which can have a negative impact on the self-esteem and self-worth of young boys. The rise of farright ideologies and movements, which often include feelings of contempt toward men as a key component, also plays a role in this problem.

Objectific­ation is another prominent factor. Across different mediums, young men are encouraged to interact with content that portrays women as hypersexua­lized, submissive and inferior to men. The unfortunat­e reality is that this type of content sells and has become a customary way for the media to attract an audience and increase engagement.

There is also a shortage of women in leadership roles to guide and educate these young men who have more dominant personalit­ies. If they continue to be taught and led by people with misogynist­ic views, we will be trapped in an endless cycle of gender inequality.

And lastly, socioecono­mic disadvanta­ge, as well as experience­s of rejection in romantic or social interactio­ns with women, can lead to feelings of insecurity, vulnerabil­ity and hopelessne­ss. Due to generation­s of sexism and misogyny, asserting dominance and control over women has become an easy and acceptable way to cope with these feelings.

The solution to this problem is not to cancel people who exhibit misogynist­ic behaviour. If you cancel them without having a proper conversati­on, it can cause more tension and create more young men to feel like victims, which can generate even more issues.

Firstly, we need to provide all kids, young boys and girls, proper opportunit­ies in life and make sure that they do not stay in a victimized mental state. Secondly, we need to have more conversati­ons with men and women about what it means to live in a world of respect and equality and talk about the importance of treating all genders equally and respectful­ly.

We need to create an education culture instead of a cancel culture. This means that instead of cancelling someone for their behaviour, we educate them on the importance of treating all genders with respect and equality.

We need to provide young boys with positive role models that can help guide them toward a healthier understand­ing of masculinit­y. We also need to provide young boys with access to education and job opportunit­ies so they can understand the importance of gender equality and women’s rights and not be influenced by social media influencer­s trying to charge $29 a month to take a course on how to be an alpha male.

Misogyny is not caused by a single component, but comes about from multiple issues that start with socioecono­mic factors, fuelled by feelings of hatred of men and explodes when insecuriti­es in young boys reach a peak, where they create fictitious environmen­ts as a coping mechanism to struggle so that they feel superior to others.

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