(Content warning: violent misogyny)
This piece by Andrea Stanley in Cosmopolitan is astonishing. It’s about a woman, identified only as K, whose job is to stare into the abyss.
She infiltrates the places mass murders come from, the places where angry men start their journey to actual killing.
Kâ€™s focus has been pulled toward the alt-right, a younger, more misogynistic version of the white supremacist movement thatâ€™s converting a new generation on message boards and social media. She is tracking the men who hate women. And theyâ€™re so dangerous that most of her family and friends donâ€™t even know what she does.
It’s one of the most frightening features I’ve ever read.
these guys arenâ€™t just trolls in basementsâ€”theyâ€™re people you probably know. Beirich calls them â€œmillennial misogynists.â€ K says many are college-educated and articulate. They have day jobs and Tinder accounts.
…Many of todayâ€™s extremists hide their radical views under the guise of boy-next-door preppy looks and organize activities, like all-male hikes, to appear mainstream. â€œThey have a product they want to sell and that product is hate,â€ says K. â€œWhen you see a bunch of normal-looking guys, you think, How bad could it be? But violent men donâ€™t have to look any different from kind men.â€ Some of the ones K tracks post pictures with their kids and pets amid their calls for mass violence.
…She tells me about one of the deeply troubling guys sheâ€™s been following lately, who posts rants about how he wonâ€™t let his wife watch television because it makes her too â€œfeminist.â€ He shares degrading photos of naked women and fantasizes about electrocuting themâ€”and seriously hurting others too. He recently hinted that these donâ€™t need to stay fantasies.