I am looking for articles that address the backlash against feminism in the age of the internet.
It seems like on the internet – particularly online communities (not you, Metafilter) – there is not only a warped perception of feminism, but any time sexism or misogyny is so much as pointed out there is a very defensive response from some men (claims of male victimization, “men’s rights” movements, etc). I am looking for articles/blog posts/studies that don’t just point out this type of backlash, but explores it, deconstructs it, and attempts to explain why it happens.
Oftentimes when something like victim-blaming, inequality, slut-shaming, etc is called out in male-dominated online communities like Reddit etc, the most popular responses are almost always something along the lines of “this isn’t about gender, this is about human beings” or “men have to deal with these things too”. To summarize, charges of sexism are immediately discredited under the guise of being anti-egalitarian, if that makes any sense.
Excuse me for being too specific here – but I’ve seen plenty of articles about the “what”, “where”, “when” and “who” of this phenomenon among young males on 4Chan-type forums and online gaming communities (like this one
) – but almost none of them go deeper into exploring the “why” and the “how”. I am searching for articles that fill this gap or at least touch on this phenomenon. Thanks all!