Anti-woman messaging is pervasive across the internet, and though the outrage is largely anonymous online, it can spill out into the physical world.
For "male supremacists," a woman’s very existence, fight for equal rights or denial of affection are perceived as disrespectful at best and at worst, punishable by death.
Extreme misogynistic views are becoming commonplace in online forums and social media by men who often identify as incels (involuntary celibates), MRAs (Men’s Rights Activists) or PUAs (Pick Up Artists).
Navigating online spaces can be troublesome for women. When espousing opinions, women can be met with a barrage of misogynistic comments. Personal grievances often fuel misogynistic beliefs that women are inferior to men or owe them something.
How does hate spread online? What aspects of our culture perpetuate an anti-woman message? Is there a link between misogyny and white-supremacy?
Why do these men see women as the enemy? What can be done to push back against misogynist ideology and stifle hateful, anti-woman rhetoric?
- Jessica Reaves, expert at the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism and author of the report "When Women are the Enemy: The Intersection of Misogyny and White Supremacy"
- Alex DiBranco, Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Yale University who has studied male supremacist groups
- Steve Hendrix, writer for The Washington Post
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*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, July 16.