A Men’s Rights activist, an incel, and an antisemite walk into a restaurant. The restaurant owner says, “hey Larry, do you want your usual table for one?”
Because they’re all the same person!
I think I screwed that joke up, but the sad thing is that there is a lot of overlap between the manosphere and the so-called alt right — and a lot of people who easily fit into both groups.
This isn’t new. Indeed, a lot of the elder statesmen of the manosphere — most notably the now-departed blogger known as Roissy/Heartiste — were alt-right racists before the alt-right was even a thing. The infamous former “pickup artist” (and current Christian fanatic Roosh Valizadeh took a longer time to develop into a raging antisemite, but he got there all the same. The famous “crying Nazi” — Christopher Cantwell — cut his teeth writing for the Men’s Rights hate site A Voice for Men.
The misogynist MGTOW and incel “movements” have long been rife with conspiracy theories, antisemitism, and outright Nazism, in part because fascists have been recruiting in both groups for years, knowing that it’s a short step, in these circles, from woman-hating to antisemitism.
When Andrew Anglin posts extravagantly misogynstic rants about women on his Daily Stormer website, it’s not just because he’s a misogynistic asshole; he’s also trying to draw disaffected incels into the neo-Nazi movement.
Up until now, evidence of the slippery slope from the manosphere misogyny to full-blown neo-Nazism has been largely anecdotal — though, to be fair, there’s not exactly a shortage of anecdotes.
Now a new report from Hope Not Hate and the Antisemitism Policy Trust documents in detail the slippery slope from misogyny to antisemitism and outright Nazism — and the role that conspiracy theories play in greasing the skids.
Anti-feminism and misogyny can act as slip roads towards antisemitism and other forms of racism. In recent years, the far right in particular has become increasingly adept at steering the former prejudices towards the latter.
Conspiracy theories often serve as a bridge between misogyny and antifeminism and antisemitism. If you believe, as many manospherians do, in the nonsensical notion that there is a “war on men,” it’s apparently not hard to convince yourself (or to let yourself be convinced) that there is a war on white men specifically. And it ‘s only a small step from there to the notion that the Jews are somehow behind it.
Looking at Telegram, “a key online hub for the antisemitic far right,” the report notes,
we found that open misogyny is widespread and enabled within antisemitic spaces on the platform.
The researchers found,no surprise, that in these antisemitic online spaces the discussion is crude and violent, and one of the most popular discussion subjects is rape.
As the Guardian notes, the researchers
examined 73 English-language antisemitic far-right Telegram channels and chat groups, which provided 5,684,738 text messages, and found that misogynistic content was “prevalent”. Misogynistic keywords were detected in more than 85,000 posts, with the word “rape” among the most common, occurring in almost 46,200 posts, and “rapist” in a further 3,900.
Many posts referred to the sexual assault of white women and children by minority ethnic groups, a longstanding far-right trope that enables white men to play a patriarchal “protector” role. On the extreme fringes, meanwhile, analysts uncovered an “increasingly common promotion of weaponised rape and sexual sadism”.
If you thought incel discussion of rape were bad, on these “extreme fringes” of the far-right they are worse.
As the Guardian sums it up.
Pro-rape discourse has spread across the wider pro-terror Nazi subculture, with one of the clearest examples being the RapeWaffen Division (RWD), a small, now defunct AWD splinter that operated on Telegram.
This group obsessively promoted sexual violence, and in private chats, users solicited and shared videos of women subjected to sexual abuse, alongside other acts of violence and murder.
The group’s founder has given followers practical advice on locating and subduing victims in order to sexually assault them.
And they’re not kidding. Indeed, an American soldier who associated with “RapeWaffen” was indicted last year for a mass murder plot.
What’s more chilling is that all of this has a good chance of spreading further. The Guardian points out that roughly a third of young people (teens and early twenties) told Hope Not Hate pollsters that they thought “feminism holds men back.” Meanwhile, the same poll revealed that nearly 20 percent of young men think that “Jewish people have an unhealthy control over the world’s banking system.”
I’m sure the neo-Nazis on Telegram salivate over poll results like that; just think of how many of these young haters they can recruit!
You’re doing a heckuva job, Telegram, you really are.
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