Susanne Kaiser

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

(German title: Politische Männlichkeit)
ca. 268 pages
Susanne Kaiser
Foto: Susanne Kaiser
© Anja Martin, Freistil Berlin

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.


»Kaiser examines how misogynist networks rely on verbal and real violence in a meritorious essay.« Jörg Thomann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»... an analysis of the present that is as important as it is convincing.« Kevin Neuroth, der Freitag

»... important efforts to throw light on the subject of Incels.« Lars Fleischmann, neues deutschland

»definitely a worthwhile read« MDR


Susanne Kaiser talks about her book Political Masculinity and explains why Woman as the image of the enemy is not merely a cliché but the heart of the authoritarian backlash: