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Manosphere, or the mutiny of humiliated males

Author(s): Agnieszka Graff
Subject(s): Politics, Sociology
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Czasu Kultury
Keywords: alter-right; manoshpere; misogyny; therapy culture; post-irony

Summary/Abstract: Manosphere is a right-wing internet circulation which comprises misogynistic subcultures, such as the Men's Rights Activism (MRA), Pick-Up Artists (PUA), Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW), or incels. They share a view that feminism is ruining Western civilisation and the identity of participants is defined by a deep sense of hurt and longing for a change, or even a revolution. The text describes key themes of the manosphere, differences between subcultures and the relation between manosphere and a wider political formation, i.e. the alter-right. The discourse of manosphere is characterised by a mocking and cynical tone (post-irony), frequent occurrence of forms such as confessions and advice, as well as specific metaphors and cultural allusions. In conclusions of the paper, I look into the economic, social, demographic and cultural sources of this phenomenon. It is a continuation of earlier male movements, a response to the economic crisis of 2008-2010, but it is also related to the domination of the therapeutic and identity discourse in the modern American culture.

  • Issue Year: XV/2019
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 15-20
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Polish