Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice; College of Arts & Sciences

First Advisor

Alex Otieno

Second Advisor

Favian Martin

Abstract

In a world of incels, pick-up artists, and other Men’s Rights Activists, friction between the so-called Manosphere and contemporary feminist thought has led to documented violence with regards to American mass shootings. Starting with the violent outbursts of disaffected young men, I will work backwards to the point of contact between the man and the Manosphere. This piece seeks not to draw a connection between radical MRAs and violence – the mass shooters draw that connection themselves in their manifestos by outlining their dissatisfaction with society as it is, and particularly with what they perceive as a politically correct and anti-male society. As outsiders we purport to know the why of this violence, the motives of the actors. But this thesis seeks out the intrigue of the Manosphere from the members themselves, as influenced by neoliberal feminism and neoliberalism more generally. By examining both the rhetoric of MRA ideology and the feelings of the individual men who have participated in this community, we can discern why these radical movements appeal so strongly to men in particular and from where this discontent comes. Beyond that, I will lay a framework for a prescriptive approach toward remedying this discontent and, in the absence of its source being removed, diverting alienated men from the path of radicalism.

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We live in a society: Violence and radicalization in the Internet Manosphere

In a world of incels, pick-up artists, and other Men’s Rights Activists, friction between the so-called Manosphere and contemporary feminist thought has led to documented violence with regards to American mass shootings. Starting with the violent outbursts of disaffected young men, I will work backwards to the point of contact between the man and the Manosphere. This piece seeks not to draw a connection between radical MRAs and violence – the mass shooters draw that connection themselves in their manifestos by outlining their dissatisfaction with society as it is, and particularly with what they perceive as a politically correct and anti-male society. As outsiders we purport to know the why of this violence, the motives of the actors. But this thesis seeks out the intrigue of the Manosphere from the members themselves, as influenced by neoliberal feminism and neoliberalism more generally. By examining both the rhetoric of MRA ideology and the feelings of the individual men who have participated in this community, we can discern why these radical movements appeal so strongly to men in particular and from where this discontent comes. Beyond that, I will lay a framework for a prescriptive approach toward remedying this discontent and, in the absence of its source being removed, diverting alienated men from the path of radicalism.

 
 

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