Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August, 2017.
Every year, the Southern Poverty Law Center compiles a list of hate groups in the U.S., organizations that “vilify others because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.” This year, for the first time, the SPLC’s list of hate groups includes two men’s rights organizations — A Voice for Men, and Return of Kings.
In a report obtained by ELLE.com, SPLC officials wrote: “Male supremacy is a hateful ideology advocating for the subjugation of women. It misrepresents all women as genetically inferior, manipulative and stupid and reduces them to their reproductive or sexual function — with sex being something that they owe men and that can or even should be coerced out of them. Their thinly veiled desire for the domination of women and their conviction that the current system oppresses men in favor of women are the unifying tenets of the male supremacist worldview.”
The SPLC identified 954 hate groups operating in the U.S. in 2017. That’s a four percent increase from 2016, and a 20 percent increase from 2014. Of the over 600 white supremacist organizations listed, 121 are considered neo-Nazi groups, 114 are anti-Muslim, and 44 are anti-immigration.
And there is a big overlap in white supremacist and male supremacist groups. As the SPLC noted in their report, “Like white supremacy, male supremacy is driven by fear and anger at the loss of white male status.”
According to it’s website, A Voice for Men seeks to lift boys and men “above the din of misandry, to reject the unhealthy demands of gynocentrism in all its forms.” This involves, for example, recirculating a “satirical” post every year calling for October to be named “Bash-A-Violent-Bitch Month.” Return of Kings bills itself as being “for masculine men,” and one of its main “community beliefs” is that “a woman’s value significantly depends on her fertility and beauty. A man’s value significantly depends on his resources, intellect, and character.”