“While feminists have long emphasised the extent to which constructions of gender impact negatively on men[1], the same message as engaged by the alt-right, MRAs and the manosphere does so with an explicit or tacit support of essentialised gender hierarchy and male supremacy. This allows them to critique feminism for undoing this natural way of things to the detriment of men’s well-being, framing feminism as a feminised, emotional and irrational discourse that has skewed reality. Feminism has long charted the benefits of confronting gender inequality for men[2], but so long as there is a masculinist foundation of male supremacy underpinning these discourses wherein men’s well-being is considered contingent on their dominance, feminism can be framed as the antithesis of men’s equality.”

GlobalMascNicholas, Lucy and Christine Agius. The Persistence of Global Masculinism: Discourse, Gender, and Neo-Colonial Re-Articulations of Violence. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. [Pp. 53–54 in Chapter 2: #Notallmen, #Menenism, Manospheres and Unsafe Spaces: Overt and Subtle, pp. 31–60.]

[1] Gilligan, Carol. 1982. In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development. Cambridge: Harvard University Press;

Noddings, Nel. 2003. Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education. London: University of California Press.

[2] Nicholas, Lucy. 2014. Queer Post-Gender Ethics: The Shape of Selves to Come. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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