antifascism, sex ed, sexual violence prevention, & gender justice, youth development & education

New Paper on College Sexual Violence Prevention & Confronting Male Supremacism

I am thrilled to share my recent paper, From misogynist incels to “one of the shooters”: What can help college sexual violence prevention confront male supremacism?” published in the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education. This article was co-authored by my wonderful doctoral students Alexandria Onuoha and Sarah Burnham, and our brilliant colleagues Wagatwe Wanjuki, Kathryn Kozak, and Duane de Four. 

We interviewed folks involved in sexual violence prevention on college campuses about what they knew about male supremacism, how they knew it, and what else they wanted to know. We present our analysis of what is needed in the field and how those needs might be met. Findings demonstrate a need for resources to help higher education professionals confront male supremacist influences among college students. Findings inform five suggested design elements for such resources: applying antifascist practices, centering care for prevention professionals, limiting exposure to supremacist content, facilitating peer support, and connecting male supremacism with white supremacism. This article draws on the antifascist principles of “no both sides” and “no platform for fascism” to offer an antifascist approach to sexual violence prevention, in higher education and beyond.

To prevent sexual violence, we must confront groups and ideologies that fuel rape culture. To prevent far-right and fascist recruitment of youth, we must be prepared to intervene when we see warning signs of supremacist influences. Our team at Suffolk’s Youth Equity & Sexuality Lab continues to pursue these possibilities. We would love to hear your ideas.

If you do not have university access to download the paper online, please email me to request a copy of the pdf.

Published by Mimi Arbeit

applied developmental scientist, antifascist community organizer, sexuality educator