TOWIE condemned by domestic abuse charities for “toxic masculinity”
The Only Way Is Essex has been condemned by abuse charities for promoting “toxic masculinity”.
Recent episodes of the reality series have come under fire for normalising aggressive behaviour towards women by their male partners.
Speaking to the BBC, Sian Hawkins, campaign manager for domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid, argued the series promoted “toxic masculinity”.
With reference to the most recent series of the show, which currently airs Sundays on ITVBe, she outlined problems with male behaviour.
“The first two episodes are demonstrations of really nasty, potentially abusive behaviour by some of the central characters towards their girlfriends.”
“As part of a pattern of a behaviour, it signals danger.”
Recent episodes have seen TOWIE regular Myles Barnett call girlfriend Courtney Green a “dirty little dog” in public after fellow cast member Jordan Wright admitted flirting with her.
Barnett threw a drink over Wright before verbally abusing Green and storming off.
Speaking about this incident, Hawkins said: “It’s the kind of behaviour at Women’s Aid we recognise needs to be called out. If this is normalised by shows like TOWIE, it contributes to a culture that allows those behaviours to become normal as part of a relationship – we want to promote a balance of power.”