Sex, violence and the angry male backlash

The most popular explanations for the rise of populism have focused on inequality and race. But the storm surrounding the nomination of Mr Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court points to a third factor: male rage.

Traditional gender roles are under challenge, leading many men to fear a loss of power and status. That fear is visible in the misogynistic tone of populist movements in the United States, Brazil, the Philippines, Italy and elsewhere.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2018, with the headline 'Sex, violence and the angry male backlash'. Print Edition | Subscribe