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…

Failures of Care – Call for Proposals

Failures of Care Edited Volume 150 word abstracts Due by September 30, 2021Decision notification by October 30, 2021 Interest form “Care” is often framed in discourse as a laudatory goal and a set of individualized skills that each person should master. Care, however, is a complex concept and practice. Providing care for some communities can mean failing to care for others. And, failures of care may act as “features rather than bugs” in hierarchical systems. This…

IRMS Statement on the 3/16/21 Atlanta-Area Shootings

On March 16th, a 21-year-old white man shot and killed eight people, six of them Asian women, at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. This racist and misogynist attack marks the most recent in a disturbing trend of violence targeting Asians and Asian Americans in the United States over the past year. Just hours before the shootings began, Stop AAPI Hate released a report documenting nearly four thousand hate incidents against Asian Americans since March 19th, 2020—a…

Panel Event: Misogynist Incels and Male Supremacism

Our recent report, “Misogynist Incels and Male Supremacism” (published in collaboration with New America), assesses misogynist incel ideology, critiques common and potentially harmful misconceptions, and offers recommendations to more effectively address male supremacist violence. On Thursday, March 18th at 4pm PT/7pm ET, report co-authors Megan Kelly, Alex DiBranco, and Julia DeCook will speak about their findings and recommendations on a panel with experts Sian Tomkinson and Tauel Harper, authors of “Confronting Incel: exploring possible policy responses to misogynistic…

U.S. Post-Election Commentary

IRMS experts comment in the aftermath of the election, from the role of masculinity in politics to the strategy behind GOP claims of voter fraud. Dr. Emily Carian: “Men’s concerns about their power and status shape the way they vote. In a previous study, my colleague Tagart Cain Sobotka and I tested the role that threat to men’s group position plays in support for political candidates. Just before the 2016 presidential election, we exposed men to (fabricated)…

The Men’s Rights Movement and Violence

The recent shooting of the son and husband of Judge Esther Salas, in which the alleged shooter was a men’s right lawyer with a case in front of the federal court judge, has raised questions about men’s rights ideology. The following is an excerpt from an unpublished piece on male supremacist violence that we are posting here today to provide brief historical context on men’s rights activists (MRAs) and acts or glorification of violence, especially…

Masks and Masculinity: Trump’s Strong Man Performance

President Donald Trump’s refusal to wear a mask in public serves as a form of masculinity performance that characterizes Trump as a strong man—tougher than the COVID-19 virus, and unable to be controlled by establishment forces telling him what to do. While angered that staff at the White House were not doing enough to protect him, after his own valet tested positive, Trump has been dismissive of wearing a mask himself. At a tour of…

Join Us on 3/26: Webinar on “The Red Pill” Ideology

The subreddit “The Red Pill” is perhaps the most famous alt-right forum for men’s “sexual strategy,” a strategy that opposes feminism by forging men into “alpha males.” PhD candidate Pierce Dignam and IRMS fellow Julia DeCook will host a webinar on 3/26 at 1pm EST.  Dignam will review his published research on the forum to shed some light on its origin, what its recent public emergence can tell us about gender inequality in the 21st…

Join Us on 2/26: Webinar on Incel Ideology & Violence

“Incel” ideology (coined by men who identify as “involuntarily celibate”) has gained recent traction within male supremacist online forums, centering the belief that men are entitled to sexual access to women. Since 2014, there have been six successful acts of mass violence in the United States and Canada in some way connected to incel ideology.  Alex DiBranco and IRMS co-founder Megan Kelly will host a webinar on February 26th at 1pm EST/10am PST to discuss…

Call for Papers: Conference on Right Wing Studies/Conference for Research on Male Supremacism

The Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies (CRWS) and the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism are pleased to announce a general call for papers for a joint conference. The 2nd annual Conference on Right-Wing Studies and Inaugural Conference for Research on Male Supremacism will take place August 5-7, 2020 in Berkeley, CA. Papers on all topics related to the Right as a social, political, or intellectual phenomenon from the 19th century to the present day are welcome. In addition, there will be a special conference track…