Thurston Community College

Challenging Misogyny in the Andrew Tate era

It's difficult to ignore the pervasive influence of Andrew Tate if you engage with social media. For many young people his extreme wealth, luxury lifestyle and high profile will be highly appealing. Children may still see his content (as he has a team of people sharing his posts) and may believe that by emulating his beliefs and actions they too will secure a life of fame, fortune and success.
Amongst the ideas he promotes are:
  • Men are more important and powerful than women
  • Violence against women is okay
  • Men who show emotion are weak

His comments range from "women are intrinsically lazy" to "depression isn't real".

In schools nationwide children are talking about Andrew Tate. Boys are being influenced by his views and girls are also in danger of accepting that his ideas on women represent "the truth".

As a school we are challenging derogatory, demeaning and discriminatory attitudes towards gender through work in tutor time and assemblies, when the curriculum presents an opportunity, and through the Behaviour Policy where necessary.

As home remains the primary influencing force on young people, children are less likely to listen to influencers such as Andrew Tate if those ideas are also being challenged at home.

We recommend you:

Read news articles about Andrew Tate for more information (there are some recommendations below)

Ask your child what they are accessing online. Try to show interest rather than judgement - they are more likely to engage if they feel you aren't checking up on them.

Have open discussions about Andrew Tate. A good way to challenge his narrative is to provide young people with alternative male role models such as Kevin Sinfield whose achievements and values provide a different framework for viewing gender.

Be a role model yourself. Be open about the values you would like your child to uphold and demonstrate them in your home life whenever possible.

Some useful sources to help you to challenge misogyny at home:

BBC News

Andrew Tate toolkit

Talking to your child about Andrew Tate

Challenging toxic views found online

Guardian article