Men attempting to get women to compete for them isn’t a new phenomenon, it’s been going on at least since Cleopatra rolled herself in a carpet to catch Caesar’s eye. How far you are willing to play along with it depends on the individual but you shouldn’t get involved with someone who attempts to denigrate you for his personal enjoyment.
A misogynist is “a person who hates, dislikes, mistrusts, or mistreats women.” Consider that not all misogynists are upfront about or possibly even aware of their prejudice. This means that you need to be savvy to how someone is treating you. I wouldn’t recommend throwing the M word at every person who cracks a blond joke but carefully weigh how someone is treating you before getting involved with them. If they’re starting out by insulting you, embarrassing you or otherwise being mean to you – beat a hasty retreat! They may present themselves as a challenge but not every prize is worth winning.
Don’t let a man pick you up by tearing you down.
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