Men’s Rights, Gun Ownership, Racism, and the Assault on Women’s Reproductive Health Rights: Hidden Connections

Men’s Rights, Gun Ownership, Racism, and the Assault on Women’s Reproductive Health Rights: Hidden Connections

Abstract

In this current era characterized by much fear of, and anxiety about, the political influence and actions of the U.S. alternative right (alt-right), only a small number of men’s rights organizations receive attention from the media, the Democratic Party, or a large cadre of progressives. This article demonstrates that ignoring all-male anti-feminist organizations is a flawed strategy for challenging the recent rise of the alt-right because these misogynistic groups are heavily involved in the gun rights movement, major contributors to racist practices and discourses, and active participants in efforts to criminalize and curtail women’s access to abortion. Another, but equally important, aim of this piece is to briefly suggest new means of creating effective movements aimed at achieving social justice, one that involves a coalition of broader constituencies that prioritize gender and sexuality as well as race/ethnicity and social class.

Author: Walter S. DeKeseredy, West Virginia UniversityFollow

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