Sex, violence and the angry male backlash

PHOTO: NYTIMES

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.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

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'. Subscribe