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 The following is an excerpt from an unpublished piece on male supremacist violence that we are posting here today to provide brief historical context on men’s rights activists (MRAs) and acts or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…

Humanist Magazine Interview with IRMS Executive Director

Last week, The Humanist magazine published an interview with Institute for Research on Male Supremacism Executive Director Alex DiBranco. For the full interview, read here: https://thehumanist.com/features/interviews/exposing-and-challenging-male-supremacism-the-humanist-interview-with-alex-dibranco Excerpt from the interview: SH: Why is the mission of the IRMS so important at this moment in time? What makes it so relevant? AD: In 2018 there were two mass killings by men connected to the “incel” ideology in North America—incels being men who call themselves “involuntarily celibate” and consider…

Anti-Fascism Beyond Machismo: A Review

An important new zine analyzes fascist gender politics and argues that antifascism needs to include feminism at its core. This post originally appeared at Three Way Fight. In recent years, the appalling misogyny found in and around the U.S. far right has started to get more attention, but it still tends to be treated as secondary to the movement’s white supremacism and racial politics. Petronella Lee tackles this problem head on in a new zine…

MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR RESEARCH ON MALE SUPREMACISM

In addition to our fellows program, the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism (IRMS) is accepting applications for emerging researchers on male supremacism who wish to participate in the institute’s mentorship program. IRMS is committed to exposing and challenging common narratives that provide shelter to male supremacist movements, advancing new theoretical understandings and practical analyses of contemporary threats, and providing resources for media and activists to improve their ability to challenge male supremacism and misogyny.…

Not Serious Enough: How We Approach Misogyny in 2019

From the release of Toronto mass killer Alek Minassian’s police interview, to the U.S. Army warning of the potential for violence at Joker screenings, to Reddit’s decision to ban r/braincels for violating the platform’s new anti-harassment policy, the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism (IRMS) launches during a period of increased attention to the misogynist “involuntarily celibate,” or “incel,” movement. “Incel” is a term of self-identification used by men who believe that they have been…

Neo-Nazi Website Attacks Female Founder of Institute for Research on Male Supremacism

Daily Stormer’s Andrew Anglin identifies as “spiritual successor to [incel mass killer] Elliot Rodger” in screed against IRMS executive director and researcher Alex DiBranco BERKELEY, CA, October 3, 2019 — Two weeks prior to the official launch of the website for the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism (IRMS)–an organization dedicated to studying misogynist ideology, mobilization, and violence–executive director and founder Alex DiBranco was targeted by the Daily Stormer’s Andrew Anglin, a prominent neo-Nazi and…