Worth a reminder: Almost all violent extremists share one thing: their gender

    Article @ The Guardian from April of by Michael Kimmel  who is the author of Guyland and Angry White Men. He directs the center for the study of men and masculinities at New York's Stony Brook University:

    Almost all violent extremists share one thing: their gender

    Most people who commit acts of terrorist violence are young men. We overlook their gender to our peril

    ‘Young men often come into extremist movements because they experience downsizing in specifically gendered ways.’ 

    According to an ever-growing number of young men in Europe, the United States and across the Muslim world, we are at the beginning of a war. And no one knows how it will end.

    To me, what is interesting in the paragraph you just read is not the indeterminacy of the outcome. All crises are like that. No, it is the fact that “ever-growing number of young men” probably does not seem notable to most readers.

    The fact is that virtually all of those mobilizing on all sides of this growing clash are young men – whether right-wing extremists, anti-immigrant zealots, anti-Muslim skinheads and neo-Nazis or young Muslims readying for jihad.

    It’s so obvious, it barely needs noting.

    And so it isn’t noted.

    If we imagine for a moment that all those amassing on all the different sides of this looming cataclysm, all those drifting to the edges of the political spectrum and toward violent extremism, were female, would there be any other story? Wouldn’t magazines be filled with individual profiles, TV news shows highlighting the relationship between femininity and violence, bookshelves sagging from the weight of the “gender” analysis?

    Yet the fact that virtually every single violent extremist is male creates hardly a ripple.

    It can be easy to think: “But wait, what about those female suicide bombers? What about those skinhead girls? Those women of the Klan?”

    This proves my point [....]

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    Testosterone's better than crack cocaine. Testes envy, that's what it comes down to.


    Related, but also lots of other favorite dagblog memes here, and much sounds familiar, highly recommended:

    One Legacy of Merkel? East German Men Voting for the Far Right
    Germany is again divided between east and west. To understand why, it helps to understand the many grievances of men in the former Communist East.

    By Katrin Bernhold from Ebersbach-Neugersdorf for NYTimes.com, Nov. 5


    Just saw Steve Schmidt on MSNBC say he sees a real clear message from the elections of an extreme hardening of the forlorn rural mouse vs urban/surburban mouse, as in the above, as in angry tribalist populism. Remains to be seen whether that means that the suburban soccer moms dragged (fairly happily) married hubby over to the other side of the divide, leaving the lusers behind, also as in the above.

    There was a comment to the above article that I found quite striking, a one liner, I can't find it now, too many to scroll through, it was something like  Incels blackmail the world!


    Extremists who take intractable unreasonable positions blackmail thethe world. The whole Tea Party was based on that, as was Erdogan's rise over 10 years, Brexit, etc.



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