When it comes to matters of the heart, the unfortunate truth is that love can do more than just blind you. It doesn't matter if you're a staunch feminist or not — you could be completely unaware of the signs you're dating a misogynist. Whether you've had a few bad experiences before or this is the first time something has felt a bit off to you, there's no shame in wondering if your relationship is actually toxic. Even if you've always prided yourself on your excellent rude boy radar, you can still be misled (intentionally or otherwise) in surprisingly subtle ways.
If you're not too sure what a misogynist actually is, there's no need to worry. As philosophy professor Dr. Berit Brogaard told Psychology Today, "misogyny involves hatred toward women or a type of woman for a particular reason." You might be able to spot blatant and offensive sexism from a mile away, but that isn't always the case when it comes to misogyny. I learned the hard way that a person doesn't have to be "anti-woman" to be a misogynist. So if you're concerned that you might be in an unhealthy relationship, then check out these signs that you're dating a misogynist.