ICCT’s Key Publications on Incel Violence and Male Supremacy

Have recent waves of attacks attributed to violent male supremacist and incel ideology changed the way we think about counter-terrorism? Is it time for a new set of approaches and frameworks? Read ICCT’s key publications on these topics.

1️⃣ Is terrorism studies’ approach to researching and understanding incels flawed?  In this perspective, Eviane Leidig argues that policymakers and tech companies should be identifying and classifying incels in ways that move beyond traditional counter-terrorism models.

2️⃣ What is the relationship between online misogyny and far-right violence? Is the liberal use of the label ‘incel’ inherently problematic? Read this research by Greta JasserMegan Kelly and Ann-Kathrin Rothermel.

3️⃣ Should incel violence be considered terrorism? In this research paper, Sara Brzuszkiewicz  examines the pillars of incel ideology through an analysis of incels’ own vocabulary and narratives. 

4️⃣ How do the violent fringes of the incel movement fit into emerging trends in violent extremism? Are current counter-terrorism mechanisms  appropriate to use against them? This perspective by Jon Lewis and Jacob Ware examines different responses to incel violence.

5️⃣ Is a gender-neutral approach towards the study of incel violence the next step? In this perspective, Renske van der Veer approaches the topic of incel violence from the field of gender studies and narratology.

6️⃣ Is misogyny a motivating ideology for far-right movements and subsequent acts of mass violence? This perspective by Alex DiBranco gives insight and outlines male supremacism as a right-wing extremist ideology and contributor to terrorist attacks.”