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Andrew Tate: Responding to misogyny in primary schools

The hate and misogyny of Andrew Tate has entered our classrooms and is reaching down into primary age. How can we respond? Lucy Emmerson urges us to consider how RSE tackles issues including gender, power, equality, respect, consent, and healthy relationships

Misogyny, spread through social media influencers such as Andrew Tate, has been making ugly appearances in classrooms in recent months, with reports of some male students vocally and publicly declaring their belief in male superiority and intimidating female teachers.

The situation feels alarming, out of control, threatening. It prompts questions about how teachers can safely respond in the heat of the moment, about whether this hate is linked to Incel ideologies and extremism, about the role of families, wider society and the law, and about what might happen in the future.

There are no neat answers. Misogyny is not designated as a hate crime. A Bill was introduced in 2021 (Brader, 2021) that could have changed this, but it did not become law.

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