The Lethal Consequences of a Culture that Hates Women and Girls
In response to the tragic murder of a 15-year-old girl in Croydon, who lost her life for simply rejecting someone's advances, we must speak out against the pervasive influence of radical misogyny in our society. Jo Atkins-Potts, Selfhood Director said:
“This tragedy in Croydon serves as a haunting reminder of the lethal consequences of a toxic subculture that makes young boys feel entitled to women's bodies, attention, and affection. It is vital to recognise the role played by figures like Andrew Tate, who promote harmful ideologies through social media. You might not have heard of Tate but the 13 year old boy in your life has.
We must act now to disrupt this toxic subculture, even as young girls continue to be exposed to such brutality. Equipping men and boys with the tools to stand against this misogynist extremism and educating them about fostering healthy relationships is essential. Without this, this ideology will continue to ravage society from living rooms and school rooms to boardrooms and beyond.”
This is not an isolated incident. The news headlines themselves reveal the deeply ingrained biases within our society. In the same breath, they condemn this act of violence and describe this young girl's murder as a consequence of her own actions. It is time we confront the culture of violent misogyny that has taken root in our schools and playgrounds nationwide.
We stand in solidarity with the loved ones of this innocent child, and with every life lost and those affected by the scourge of radical misogyny perpetuated by influential figures.
We must demand better, rejecting the notion that rejection justifies violence. It is our collective responsibility to stop misogyny in its tracks, educate our youth, and build a society where every individual, regardless of gender, is respected. Together, we can, and we must, fight back against misogyny.