Susanne Kaiser

Political Masculinity - How Incels, Fundamentalists and Authoritarians Mobilise for Patriarchy

(German title: Politische Männlichkeit)
ca. 250 pages
Susanne Kaiser

Susanne Kaiser

Susanne Kaiser, born in 1980, is a journalist and political advisor. She writes for newspapers and magazines such as DIE ZEIT, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Der Spiegel.

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On the connection between right-wing terror, religious fundamentalism and misogyny

A compact outline of the history and the programme of political masculinity


»We must re-discover our masculinity,« is the appeal to German men by Björn Höcke, probably Germany’s most famous right-wing politician. With this demand, the AfD politician is not alone: From New Zealand to Canada, from Brazil to Poland, right-wing populists, so-called »Incels«, but also Christian pro-life activists are connecting with one another under the banner of masculinity to push women back to a subordinate place in an allegedly natural hierarchy.

Susanne Kaiser offers a compact overview of the history and the programme of this movement. She analyses discussions in the »manosphere«, highlights international connections and asks why right-wing mobilisation deploys the topics of Gender Studies, LGBT rights and gender roles.