Misogynistic terrorism: It has always been here

Caron E. Gentry*

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Abstract

Anti-semitism, racism, pro-life beliefs, and extreme Christian ideology have long been acknowledged to be a feature in far-right terrorist violence in the United States. However, what has been less acknowledged is the underpinning element of misogyny. This paper aims to reflect on why this is. First, it looks at the chronological trajectory of “common-couple violence” to “patriarchal terrorism” to “misogynistic terrorism.” Even though scholarship on this form of terrorism can be traced back to the 1970s, mainstream Terrorism Studies has never fully engaged with the idea. This is echoed in a recent assertion that misogyny and violence against women is not political and therefore not terrorism. Second, this paper aims to demonstrate that this lack of engagement works in tandem with the bare minimum of acknowledgement of misogyny in the far-right. Explicitly, it argues that it is hard to see misogyny in a largely patriarchal and masculinist system. This is even more important today with the rise of Incels and the manosphere, especially in how these support the US’s flirtation with Trump’s misogynist and racist driven neo-fascism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209–224
Number of pages16
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Volume15
Issue number1
Early online date8 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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