Online White Nationalism and the “Manosphere”
In recent decades white nationalist culture has increasingly shifted from well defined membership groups organized in local cells to Internet-based communities sharing ideas through posted comments. Online spaces where white nationalists gather include blogs and forums that have been central to the rise of the “manosphere,” a broad term for blogs and forums that promote traditional masculinity and air various forms of male grievance. The manosphere is home to self-identified groups such as “pickup artists” and “incels,” who go beyond traditional ideas of female subordination or hostility to feminism. Members of these groups routinely denigrate women in graphic terms, and assert male rights to sexual access.
Although white nationalism and these male supremacist movements are different, the grievance-based elements of white nationalism and the manosphere have led to significant overlap in men participating in both. And the frankly misogynist perspective of the manosphere has increasingly come to complement the older white nationalist view of women as child-bearers in need of supervision and protection. One of the clearest examples is the very popular white nationalist website, The Daily Stormer, whose editor, Andrew Anglin, routinely denigrates women as a class: “Women have no concept of ‘race,’ as it is too abstract for their simple brains. What they have a concept of is getting impregnated by the dominant male.”
Recently, the leader of the Alt-Right “Groyper” movement, Nick Fuentes, has explicitly positioned himself as aligned with the manosphere, citing pickup artists as the authorities he most trusts concerning the nature of women, and declaring himself a “proud incel.”