Shooting in Tallahassee Illustrates Increasing Misogynist Violence

Commentary by Alex DiBranco, November 8, 2018

When the news broke on November 2, that a male shooter had killed two women at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, George Sodini immediately came to my mind. A middle-aged White man who shot and killed three women at a fitness class in Pennsylvania in 2009, Sodini had angrily lamented going years without sexual intercourse and blamed all “30 million…desirable single women” that he estimated existed in the United States for rejecting him. Another attack on women in an exercise class made it seem likely to me that this latest shooter was also motivated by a desire to punish “desirable” women. Read more

Before the Alt Right: Anita Hill and the Growth of Misogynist Ideology

Article by Alex DiBranco, August 13, 2018

As Hill’s testimony about workplace sexual harassment threatened both male economic dominance and security in their sexual entitlement, other misogynist responses would follow, such as the “seduction” or “pickup artist” industry, which taught men to manipulate women into sexual intercourse in an upended society. All are part of a misogyny that has increasingly come to dominate the modern Right, sometimes boiling over in deadly violence. Read more

“The Incel Rebellion”: Movement Misogyny Delivers Another Massacre

Commentary by Alex DiBranco, May 16, 2018

On April 24, minutes before Alek Minassian plowed his van into a busy pedestrian street in Toronto, killing 10 and wounding at least 13—predominantly women—the 25-year-old posted an explanation of sorts on Facebook: “Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please. C23249161. The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” Read more

Mobilizing Misogyny

Article by Alex DiBranco, March 8, 2017

Unquestionably, President Donald Trump’s demonstrated enthusiasm for catering to the Christian Right on abortion—and obliterating their memory of his pro-choice past—spells trouble for reproductive rights. But that’s not the only threat to women under Trump’s new order. Trump’s campaign distinguished itself from those of other Republican candidates by its attacks on women: regularly insulting women’s appearances or behavior and defending physical and sexual harassment and violence against them. Read more