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What are some characteristics of misogynist behavior?

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Misogynistic behavior includes intimidating or humiliating a woman, destroying a woman's self-confidence in order to control her, or blaming a woman for personal failings. Less obvious characteristics of misogynistic behavior are the "knight in shining armor" attitude, where one targets a woman to "save," or demonstrating a possessiveness that demands all of a woman's time or attention. In a larger sense, misogynistic behavior manifests as sexual discrimination or objectification or as violence against women.

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Misogynistic behavior tends to develop early in life, and the misogynist may not even be aware of his subconscious attitudes. Often, it stems from a trauma suffered at the hands of a negligent or abusive, but trusted, female figure. If this trauma is left untreated, misogynistic tendencies grow until they become full-fledged, ingrained behaviors. Some argue that misogynistic behaviors are a result of a patriarchal social structure.

A misogynist, who exhibits a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality, is often rude one moment, charming the next. He treats a woman well in public and humiliates her in private. The misogynist may intimidate a woman by constant fault-finding, or he may treat her exactly opposite of how he knows she would like to be treated. He makes promises to a woman and doesn't keep them or arrives late for appointments.

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