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…

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)…

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…