machistaReal men aren't machistas, but most machistas believe they're the epitome of what a real man should be. Go figure. Now, if only machistas would keep their "I'm the man" attitude to themselves, we'd all be alright. But for the most part, they don't. Machistas often feel the need to prove that the king of the world by putting others down, eliminating competition, and being controlling a-holes--especially when it comes to the women in their lives.

Seriously, it's the worst. 

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Generally, it's difficult to have a healthy relationship with a machista, and they should be avoided like the plague. Here are 10 signs you should keep an eye out for to help you spot a machista from a mile away. 

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He belittles you 1

He belittles you

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He's always making you the butt of a joke or criticizing anything and everything from how you drive to your cooking skills. 

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He's a mujeriego 2

He's a mujeriego

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He thinks the only way to prove that he's the man is by having a harem of women around him. 

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He expects you to do do all the cooking and cleaning 3

He expects you to do do all the cooking and cleaning

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He thinks his bolas will get in the way of housework, so he expect you to pick up the slack and do it all on your own. 

He checks your phone 4

He checks your phone

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Your phone rings and he wants to know whose calling you, and he expects you to hang up right away because he hates watching you talk to someone who isn't him. 

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He doesn't let you speak for yourself 5

He doesn't let you speak for yourself

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You go out to a restaurant, he orders for you. His friend asks you a direct question, and he answers. Sometimes you even forget what your own voice sounds like, because he never lets you get a word in edgewise. 

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He vetoes your fashion choices 6

He vetoes your fashion choices

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You don't ask for his two cents when it comes to fashion, but he still gives it to you for free. According to him, your skirts are always too short, your blouses are too tight, and your pajamas are too pajama-y. 

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He underestimates you 7

He underestimates you

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He doesn't think you can handle your own money, or drive yourself to work, or do anything without him for that matter. Doesn't he know you managed just fine without him before you two met? 

He argues with your friends & family 8

He argues with your friends & family

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According to him, every single one of your friends is an evil bonchinchera and all of your relatives are deadbeats. He's probably even gone so far as to suggest you stay away from them. If he has, then that's a surefire sign you should get away from HIM!

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He's always checking in on you 9

He's always checking in on you

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There's a difference between checking in WITH you and checking in ON you. A man who checks in with you has a genuine interest in knowing how you're doing. A man who checks in on you doesn't care about your well-being; he just wants to keep tabs on you and police your behavior. Ain't nobody got time for that when they're grown. 

He says he's all you'll ever need 10

He says he's all you'll ever need

The ego on this one! According to him, no one has your best interest in mind like he does, and so you should just forget about them and stick with him. Um, no! Anyone who loves you would want you to experience love from family and friends, as well.