Since the months leading up to the 2016 election, hate groups around the country became more emboldened. Some younger Americans saw the KKK parading openly for the first time in their lives after members in North Carolina marched in support of Trump following the election; hate crimes against Muslims surpassed levels not seen since 2001, and women around the world marched against the president鈥檚 sexist remarks and many alleged sexual assaults.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group that tracks hate groups and works to fight bigotry, has long been researching white supremacist groups like the KKK, and has been keeping close tabs on the so-called alt-right as it came to prominence with the rise of Trump. Each year the SPLC releases a report called 鈥The Year in Hate,鈥 which describes different hates groups鈥 activity, tracks them on a map, and adds any new groups that have emerged as hate groups. The SPLC released its 2017 report this week, and for the first time ever included two groups it is calling 鈥渕ale supremacist.鈥

The two groups added are A Voice for Men, a non-profit organization based in Houston, whose self-described mission is: 鈥淭]o provide education and encouragement to men and boys; to lift them above the din of misandry, to reject the unhealthy demands of gynocentrism in all its forms, and to promote their mental, physical and financial well-being without compromise or apology;鈥 and Return of Kings, a Houston-based website that runs articles such as, Why Human Resources Hates You (But Not Her) and 27 Attractive Girls Who Became Ugly Freaks Because of Feminism. Additionally, the founder of Return of Kings, Roosh V, has advocated for rape to be legalized on private property, according to the SPLC report.

The SPLC鈥檚 new report states that 鈥淭he vilification of women by these groups makes them no different than other groups that demean entire populations, such as the LGBT community, Muslims or Jews, based on their inherent characteristics.鈥

Keegan Hankes, an analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center, tells Brit + Co over email that 鈥淢ale supremacy is an on-going problem in the U.S. that has largely been organized around several toxic online communities.鈥 There鈥檚 also a connection to Trump. 鈥淔irst candidate Trump, then President Trump鈥檚 open contempt for so-called political correctness has emboldened male supremacists, and the entire radical right, to be even more outspoken with their bigotry,鈥 Hankes adds.

Male supremacy can take various forms, the SPLC notes. Different strains of male supremacy range from so-called men鈥檚 rights activists (MRAs), who market themselves as being interested in the rights and welfare of men (dad鈥檚 custody issues are often a go-to for this camp), all the way to 鈥渕en going their own way,鈥 which refers to men who want to live completely separate from women. Another common type of male supremacists are 鈥減ick-up artists,鈥 who degrade women and think they are inferior but are constantly in the pursuit of getting women to sleep with them.

Male supremacists are cause for serious concern. Hankes says that 鈥淢ale supremacists perpetuate propaganda that depicts all women as genetically inferior and manipulative, and as participants in a malicious project to destroy men. This material exacerbates young, white, male grievance, a known predictor of mass violence. 鈥

Alarmingly, there are also strong links between the so-called MRA movement and the white supremacist 鈥渁lt-right鈥 movement, members of whom have been violent and allegedly homicidal on numerous recent occasions. 鈥淢ale supremacist communities also lead many to graduate to the alt-right, and white nationalism more broadly,鈥 Hankes says.鈥

According to the SPLC鈥檚 entry on male supremacy, there is 鈥渁 tight overlap exists between the 鈥alt-right,鈥 white supremacist and male supremacist circles, which feed each other鈥檚 narratives of the dispossession and oppression of white men, which is blamed on minorities, immigrants and women.鈥 Both MRAs and members of the 鈥渁lt-right鈥 are openly hostile to feminism.

The SPLC also says that misogyny is a core tenet of the 鈥渁lt-right,鈥 and adds that male supremacy can be thought of as something of a 鈥済ateway drug鈥 to the white supremacist alt-right movement.

In fact, the demonstrated connections between male supremacy and the 鈥渁lt-right鈥 are why the SPLC decided this year to list male supremacist organizations as hate groups. Though the SPLC has been tracking male supremacists since 2012, Hankes tells us that last year, 鈥淭hese explicitly racist organizations and leaders then began to amplify male supremacist voices and ideas on their own platforms in turn.鈥

Male supremacy and the overlap it has with the often violent 鈥渁lt-right鈥 certainly poses a threat. As president Trump and his administration continue to push policies that are hostile to women, LGBTQ+ people, and people of color, anti-feminist and white supremacist groups have also become emboldened. Now that the SPLC recognizes two male supremacist organizations as hate groups, more awareness will hopefully be raised about their beliefs, actions, and the threats they pose.

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