Statement on Plymouth Attack

The killing of five people, including a three-year-old girl, in Plymouth, England, by a man influenced by the misogynist incel community provides a devastating reminder of the continuing and growing threat of male supremacist violence.

For researchers, media, organizers, and the public, the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism provides resources for understanding and combatting misogynist ideology and violence. Earlier this year, we published a policy brief assessing the misogynist incel movement and prior attacks that have occurred in the United States and Canada, as well as recommendations for media reporting on male supremacist violence. Media can reach out to us at contact@theirms.org to speak with the report co-authors and other IRMS experts.

IRMS co-founder and fellow Megan Kelly recently called attention to attempts to legitimize the misogynist incel movement, a harmful push to normalize a community that dehumanizes and promotes violence against women. Her work on misogynist incels can also be viewed in our 2020 webinar on the topic. It is vital that responses to this attack recognize the role of male supremacism and misogyny, and do not perpetuate dangerous apologism or misinformation.